There are no North American drivers on Formula 1 grid this year and it is hard to see anyone joining anytime soon. The United States GP has been omitted from calendar this year and at the moment does not feature on 2009 calendar either. Except for few sponsors the Canadian GP remains the only connection between North America and Formula 1. Here is a brief overview US and Canadian contribution to Formula 1:
1) First of all America created some chaos in F1 statistics . In the early days, between 1950 – 1960, the Indy 500 race was part of the world championship. European drivers usually did not take part in that race. Also the drivers and teams that raced at Indy did not take part in the European F1 races. The race was therefore pretty much irrelevant to the F1 World Championship. The Indy 500 winners from those years however feature in Formula 1 history charts.
2) Including the Indy 500 drivers mentioned above Canada and USA have supplied Formula 1 with 163 drivers. Three of them – Phil Hill, Mario Andretti (both USA) and Jacques Villeneuve won the F1 drivers titles.
3) The North American drivers claimed 50 race wins (11 of them are the Indy 500 wins), 54 pole positions (11 are Indy 500 poles), 53 fastest laps (again 11 of them are from the Indy 500 races) and 165 drivers made it to podium (here 36 came from Indy 500 as drivers could change in the cars those days). In total US drivers collected so far total of 998 points, Canadians 342 points.
4) Sixty three different F1 constructors and 19 engine makes came from North America (most of them of course also for the Indy 500 races).
5) Two former Formula 1 tyre suppliers came from USA – Firestone and Goodyear.
6) North America has organized 91 F1 races – 40 in Canada (Mont-Tremblant, Mosport and Montreal) and 51 in USA (Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Detroit, Dallas, Watkins Glen, Riverside, Long Beach and Sebring). If we add to this the 11 Indy 500 races between 1950 – 1960 we will get the total of 102 races.
So far the last Formula 1 race driver from United States is Scott Speed (Toro Rosso), from Canada Jacques Villeneuve (Williams, BAR, Renault, Sauber, BMW Sauber). The last US GP was held in Indianapolis in 2007.
Sources: Forix, F1Sports