F1 is expanding into new markets and locations all the time, with the Miami Grand Prix being held for the first time earlier this month to add another street circuit to the calendar.
Indeed, it joins the likes of Monaco, Baku, Singapore and the upcoming Las Vegas track in 2023 as just one of the several street circuits there are on the F1 schedule at the moment.
F1 has always had a blend of purpose build circuits and street tracks, of course, but Hamilton has suggested that perhaps adding some more of the latter might be the way to go for the sport to continue growing and to try and add more and more fans and followers.
The Briton explained:
“I’m a bit old school.
“So of course I love the history, particularly at certain circuits, but the older I get the more I realise it’s about the people.
“We could go to the middle of nowhere that has very few people, not great accommodation, not great community and for us as individuals driving on a track that’s historic is cool – but it’s about the people.
“And the people really do make it. We’ve experienced, with the pandemic, nobody being in there and that’s just no atmosphere. It was like a test day. It was not enjoyable. And now we are seeing hundreds of thousands of people turn up to the race energised, excited, keen to learn more.
“I think the fans are at the heart of what this sport is about, they create it.
“I think being in cities, we can really engage in communities and actually also have an impact.
“I love the Nurburgring, for example, but there’s not a diverse community there. We are not actually impacting the place there.
“In Miami we can do something. I met a bunch of kids from diverse backgrounds who now want to get into engineering and STEM subjects and so it’s way cooler for me.”