David Hobbs: “Formula 1 needs an American driver!”

Just Minutes after the start of the 52nd Daytona 24 hours David Hobbs, former British Formula 1 and Endurance racing driver as well as this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona Grand Marshall, commented on the first moments of the race and answered some questions for CARS GLOBALMAG.

I told them to be careful!” said Hobbs while watching the No. 0 DeltaWing racecar spinning. “At the driver’s meeting I made sure the drivers understood that you don’t win a 24 hours race on the first lap. It is such a tough race when you have almost 70 cars on track and about 200 drivers racing through the day and night. But after a while you get to know the other drivers and you understand which ones you want to stay away from.”

According to Hobbs the new United SportsCar Championship could trigger a new Golden Era in motor sport, particularly in the United States: “I cannot see any down side to this new USCC series. US racing couldn’t be worse than before, when GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series were separated”.

When asked by CARS GLOBALMAG about a possible US Formula 1 team coming in 2015 or 2016 (NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas said to be interested), David Hobbs commented: “It will be a great thing to have an American team, but mostly and American driver will make a huge difference. But he will need to driver a competitive car. I feel sorry for Alex Rossi, driving the Catheram, because I would really like to see an American drive for McLaren or Ferrari.”

He continued telling us that another Grand Prix in the United States would be a great thing for Formula 1 worldwide: “They’re talking about the New Jersey street circuit. If they can arrange an event like the night race in Singapore, I think it would be fabulous. The sights and sounds of an event with the New York skyline as background would be terrific!”