Formula One set their sights on Miami for second race in the United States
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News May 10, 2018 Updated: 4:06 PM PT
Thursday, the city of Miami Commissioners and the Economic Development and Tourism Committee voted to move forward with the proposed plan to host an additional Formula One United States Grand Prix on next year’s calendar.
The city voted 5-0 to begin negotiations with F1’s new owners Liberty Media, who have been eager to add a second race in the United States in hopes it would help the untapped market truly become part of the F1 community.
Following the vote, the Managing Director of Formula One Commercial Operations Sean Bratches released a statement congratulating the commission:
“With the unanimous votes at both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee, we are very pleased to have received preliminary approval towards bringing a Formula 1 Grand Prix to Miami. We recognise that this is only the start of the process and we will immediately get to work with the various community stakeholders, the City of Miami, the Port of Miami, Bayfront Park Management Trust and others, in order to reach a final agreement. Formula 1 in Miami represents a fantastic opportunity to bring the greatest racing spectacle on the planet to one of the world’s most iconic cities, and we are delighted that the journey is underway.”
Between 2016 and 2017 15.9 million visitors traveled to Miami-Dade according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said after the vote: “My dad was mayor, and he has this really cool picture of him and my mom and me in the middle in the Pace Car of the Miami Grand Prix back in the 1980s. It was a Jaguar convertible, and I’ll never forget that. Now, my son is four, and I have a chance to repeat that moment.”
The proposed layout shows the 2.5 mile circuit speed down the streets of downtown Miami, around the American Airlines Arena, and across the Port Boulevard bridge above Biscayne Bay.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has offered to provide input to help tweak the layout.
With the first hurdle cleared, there still remains approval from Miami- Dade County officials as well as further talks with the FIA and the city of Miami. An October target date would see the Miami race lineup with the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas which falls in the same month.
Formula One plans to hold an F1Live event at the Grand Re-Opening of the Miami Grand Prix. Liberty Media hopes to repeat the highly successful event which was held last year in London’s Trafalgar Square.
The Miami street circuit would join Baku, Singapore, and Monaco, the other popular street circuits, on the F1 calendar.