Why didn't Ford loby for an American driver at some point?
Posted 11 October 2001 - 11:19
An all time low came when the squad repainted the car green and called it Jaguar to show how "British" they were. (Totally alienating many US fans such as myself from ever cheering for anything Ford).
The only US driver to win a World Championship in a Ford powered car was Andretti, and by then, it was very much a stituation where Ford kept a low profile with their engines, with the only Ford insignia on most cars being on the engine cover themselves.
Has Ford ever wanted an American in F1? Have they ever tried? Why didn't they supply AAR as well as Lotus when they started? Its things like this that make me support GM. Yes GM. They may not go racing very much, but when they do, like the Corvettes in ALMS or even the Caddy, at least they don't call it Saab.
Posted 11 October 2001 - 11:25
Posted 11 October 2001 - 11:35
They made much more fuss about Le Mans wins, and that is where they used US drivers - but it was a complete Ford car (sorry, Eric Broadley), not just engines. It was probably that they found it much more appropriate to US market...
Posted 11 October 2001 - 12:28
If it is any consolation to Megatron, many of us in the British rallying fraternity were angry with Ford UK throughout the 1970s and 80s for consistently favouring Scandinavian drivers and never giving British guys a chance. Roger Clark could and should have been World Rally Champion (if such a title had existed then) but was never given the chance by Ford.
There is also the question of how much other manufacturers favour their own compatriots in F1. In practice, not much, at least in more recent years. Ferrari/FIAT hardly ever use Italians, Mercedes haven't had many German drivers, BMW only have a German now for the first time. Of course, Honda have usually tried to have a Japanese driver, and the most nationalistic of all (perhaps predictably) seems to have been Renault although not apparently in their latest incarnation. So Ford are not really out of step - after all for big business, it is money that talks, not national loyalties.
Posted 12 October 2001 - 17:51
Mario's F1 career.
Posted 13 October 2001 - 18:23