McLaren Racing CEO Zack Brown told Reuters on Friday that Formula 1 does not need an American driver to accelerate the sport’s rapid growth in the United States.

Brown’s comments follow a decision by the FIA’s Formula One governing body not to loosen its super license rules so that American IndyCar driver Colton Herta can drive for the Red Bull AlphaTauri team next year.

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“I think the sport will continue to grow in America with or without an American rider,” Brown said. “I think the American racing driver in the sport will be additive, but I don’t think it’s necessary.”

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United States. is a growing market for F1 both in terms of viewership and in terms of money raised by major corporate sponsors. Its commercial rights are owned by the American company Liberty Media.

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The sport, which will host three U.S. races next year, including a new late-night Grand Prix in Las Vegas, last featured American driver Alexander Rossi in 2015.

Herta, who previously tested the 2021 McLaren F1 car, did not score the required points for the super license required to compete in F1.

“I respect that rules are rules, so I don’t think we should make exceptions,” Brown said.

However, Brown added that a revision of the rules may be needed in the future to make it easier for successful IndyCar drivers to move into F1.

He said: “When you have someone like Hertha who is clearly capable of being a F1 driver who has been in our F1 car and won a lot of IndyCar races and doesn’t qualify, you have to look at the rules and question, should the rules be revised again, and I think they should be.”