Since the arrival of Zak Brown, McLaren has increasingly focused on the American market, and so an American F1 driver could be the next step. IndyCar driver Colton Herta has already been linked with Daniel Ricciardo's seat for 2024, which could make him the first American F1 driver since Alexander Rossi.
Horner on American drivers
Horner believes that an American driver is more important to the sport than a second American team. "I think we need another Mario Andretti," he said in conversation with Sky Sports.
According to the Red Bull Racing team boss, there are a number of promising talents on the way, including Formula 3 driver Jak Crawford. However, he adds that American nationality is not enough to make a big impact. "That was seen with Max in the Netherlands, with Fernando in Spain and Senna in Brazil. You need that driver to ignite the passion," Horner said.