Miami won’t drop the chequered flag on a Formula 1 race before 2020

By Bloomberg News, July 24 2018
Miami won’t drop the chequered flag on a Formula 1 race before 2020

Plans for a new Formula One race in Miami are on hold at least until 2020.

The racing series had hoped to stage a Miami grand prix in 2019 but announced Monday that negotiations have taken too long to get it on next year's racing calendar.

While calling negotiations "complicated," F1 managing director for commercial operations Sean Bratches said the series is committed to keep trying to stage a Miami race in 2020.

Formula One's American ownership group, Liberty Media, wants to grow the series in the U.S. F1 has three races in North America in Austin, Texas, Montreal and Mexico City.

The Miami race has been proposed as a street course, which led to concerns from some locals that it would disrupt neighborhoods.

"We have always said that we wouldn't compromise on delivering the best possible race," Bratches said. "If that meant waiting until 2020, then that was far more preferable than signing off on a sub-optimal race track, just to do a deal."

The Florida race is supported by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
Formula One races in cities across the globe but left the U.S. from 2008-2012.

It returned with the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas at the Circuit of the Americas, a US$300 million facility built specifically for F1. A Miami street race would be the first F1 street race in the U.S. since 1991 in Phoenix.

The series has been interested in a second U.S. race for years with talk of races in New Jersey, Los Angeles or Miami. But more races in the U.S. could pull fans away from the Texas race, which already competes for fans with the Mexico City race, which joined the calendar in 2015 and is run a week after the U.S. Grand Prix.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Dec 2017

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I wouldn’t mind seeing more articles like this here, in fact if there are any ausbt crew reading this - is there any chance we could have a few articles on travelling to events like this. I’m predominantly an F1 fan but would love to hear your opinions on avoiding the masses/leveraging airline status when travelling to events such as the Olympics, tennis opens, AFL/NRL Grand Final etc.

I considered heading to Russia this year for the football but found it a bit of a hassle looking at travel options (particularly within Russia). Admittedly I lost interest as soon as I saw Australia’s first few games on TV, but hopefully I’m speaking for a few other readers when I say that flying to some of these events can be somewhat painful - would appreciate a few travel hacks!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Jul 2018

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I agree completely

12 Dec 2012

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I wouldn't mind ideas of where to go to avoid events like that.
I'd rather be on the other side of the planet then near a timezone where the Olympics is on.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

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I'm just disappointed no Malaysian GP any more.

Great track to spectate at, and really cheap from Sydney.

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