Bernie wants US driver in Formula 1

Bernie Wants Danica Patrick in F1

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and event promoter Tavo Hellmund are sure that the addition of an American driver on the grid would also be a good thing for the sport, ahead of 2012 US Grand Prix at Austin, Texas. F1 has been without an American driver since Scott Speed left the Toro Rosso team in 2007.

"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," Ecclestone told the official F1 website.

"Of course it would be fantastic to have an American driver, but there is that young Mexican driver Perez who is doing a great job in GP2 right now. For him the 2012 US Grand Prix could be a sort of home race: the distance from Austin to Mexico is a mere 250 kilometres," Hellmund added.