The School Newspaper of Cherry Hill High School East


The School Newspaper of Cherry Hill High School East


The School Newspaper of Cherry Hill High School East


Formula 1: on the rise

Izzy Alvarez (’25)
Lewis Hamilton keeps pace with Lando Norris at the Austin Grand Prix, illustrating the fierce competition and precision driving of Formula 1 racing

Every year, as the world awakens to the roar of engines and the smell of burning rubber, Formula 1 ignites the passion of millions of fans across the globe. From the classic circuits of Europe to the bustling streets of Asian metropolises, the sport captivates with its speed, skill, and spectacle. But in the vast landscape of American sports, where touchdowns and home runs reign supreme, Formula 1 has often been a niche interest, appreciated by a dedicated minority. However, in the year 2024, a large change has swept across the United States, propelling Formula 1 into the mainstream spotlight like never before.

Mai Albuher (‘26), a newcomer to the world of Formula 1, reflects on her journey into the sport. “I got into Formula 1 around August of 2023, mostly because of social media,” she explains. “Last season, specifically the Miami Grand Prix, I saw influencers posting about the race that brands had brought them to, which definitely intrigued me.” It’s a tale echoed by many new fans drawn to the sport through the vibrant digital landscape of platforms like TikTok and Instagram. “Formula 1 is a sport that involves millions of people, whether that means the teams, the drivers, the mechanics, the fans…with so many people being a part of it, I think a sense of community is created across the entire world,” she remarks. In a world where most sports involve throwing a ball and running, the exhilarating blend of cutting-edge technology, daring overtakes, and glamorous lifestyles offered by Formula 1 presents a refreshing alternative.

Furthermore, Albuher highlights the role of attraction in fan interest, albeit controversially. “Many fans know that the most popular drivers have more fans because they are attractive,” she admits. “It causes some debate whether some people are truly fans of the sport or just the drivers.” Yet, regardless of the motivations behind fandom, the influx of new fans brings with it a surge in demand for tickets and merchandise, transforming the economic landscape of Formula 1 in the United States.

Caitlin Chuaichu (‘25), another enthusiast, believes its the sport’s unique appeal that has helped it gain so much popularity. “I got into F1 when I was introduced to it by my friends…I started watching clips of it and thought it was so cool.” What was once a niche interest had blossomed into a cultural phenomenon, fueled by the fervor of new fans like Chuaichu. “I think it’s great that F1 is gaining more popularity,” she declares, echoing the sentiments of enthusiasts nationwide.

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As the roar of engines reverberates around iconic American circuits like Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and the newly established street circuit in Miami, the growing popularity of Formula 1 becomes increasingly evident. For drivers like seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, and the reigning world champion, Max Verstappen, accustomed to adoration on a global scale, the newfound recognition in the American market serves as validation of their incredible talents. And for fans like Albuher and Chaichu, it’s a thrilling journey into a world where speed, strategy, and sheer determination collide to create sporting drama like no other. With each passing race, Formula 1 weaves its way into the hearts and minds of enthusiasts across the nation; echoing the sentiment that Formula 1 has truly arrived on American shores, ready to captivate audiences for generations to come.

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Izzy Alvarez
Izzy Alvarez, Eastside Photo Director
Izzy Alvarez is a junior and the Photo Director for Eastside. When she is not busy taking photos or studying, she can be found on the soccer field, reading, creating Spotify playlists, watching Formula 1, or hanging out with friends and family. She also loves her cats and shopping for different skincare products.

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    Judy W.Mar 20, 2024 at 4:50 pm

    Wonderful article. Well written and has sparked my interest.