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Ecclestone: Someone Like Danica Patrick Would Be Perfect

In an interview with Formula1.com, F1 Group CEO Bernie Ecclestone answers questions with Tavo Hellmund, managing partner of Full Throttle Productions LP, the company working towards bringing F1 to Austin, Texas in the United States.

Here are some interesting snippets from Bernie Ecclestone

On F1's return at the United States Grand Prix, in Austin, Texas come 2012

First of all, when Formula One returns to the United States we wanted to go to a place that has global recognition. Texas fulfils that perfectly, so Tavo’s plan and our needs matched perfectly. And Austin is so beautiful. Anyone visiting for the first time will be very impressed. And now comes something important: I’ve known Tavo since he was born.

On competition with NASCAR

Stop! Whenever we’ve raced in the US we had legions of fans that were fascinated and thrilled. It was the case in Long Beach and in Dallas, also in Indianapolis. But the promoters there believed that they could make a better cut financially. The problems in Indianapolis had nothing to do with us. We’ve been always popular with the fans in the United States.

On whether there's a need for an American team or an American driver

Regarding an American driver, we have tried that lately but obviously what’s missing is the right attitude. You can race successfully in the US without the huge effort you need to succeed in Formula One. But to have someone like Danica Patrick in F1 would be a perfect advert.

To view the whole interview, click here.

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