Formula 1's laboured endeavours to break into the American market properly had been well-documented throughout its history. In contemporary F1, having now had eight races at the purpose-built Circuit of the Americas, with an American team (Haas) and having taken on American owners (Liberty) in 2017, the tide is beginning to turn - but the stranglehold that IndyCar and NASCAR has in the States is still tough to break.
But until Gene Haas brought his eponymous outfit into F1, the last American team to participate in F1 did so 30 years prior to that. The unrelated Carl Haas' outfit, running a Lola-badged chassis penned by Neil Oatley and Ross Brawn, entered with backing from Beatrice Foods and lasted for a season and a bit before its funding from the food processing concern expired.
OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?
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An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal
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