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Miami City Commission to vote on Grand Prix

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02/05/2018

Miami's local authority is to vote next week on whether the city should a Grand Prix from as early as next year.

The agenda for the forthcoming meeting of the City of Miami Commission, reveals that on May 10, a vote will take place to decide whether to proceed with plans for a Formula One race in the Florida city.

"Earlier today the City of Miami Commission took an important step by adding an item to their upcoming agenda, that if approved, will make way to bring Formula 1 to downtown Miami next season," said F1 commercial boss, Sean Bratches.

"We appreciate the community's interest in hosting a Formula 1 race and look forward to working with local officials and stakeholders to bring this vision to life.

"With over half a billion fans worldwide, Formula 1 is the greatest racing spectacle on the planet, and Miami's status as one of the world's most iconic and glamourous cities, combined with its robust tourism infrastructure, makes Miami the perfect destination for Formula 1 and its fans."

"Miami is a first-class global city and Formula 1 is a first-class global brand," added Stephen Ross, entrepreneur and driving force behind the event.

"In cooperation with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County, I am confident we can deliver yet another global event that will be a destination for people from around the world and drive economic value to South Florida. From football and soccer to tennis and motorsports, Miami deserves only the best in music, food, art, fashion, and sports and entertainment, and that is exactly what we plan on delivering with a Formula 1 race."

Miami, which has previously hosted Indycar, and also played host to Formula E in its inaugural season, would be a significant achievement for the sport's new owners who from the outset have said they wanted to expand F1 in their own backyard.

In November last year, F1 trademarked the titles Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix and Formula 1 Grand Prix of Miami.

Unfortunately, with the calendar unlikely to rise above 21 races before 2021, there is speculation that Azerbaijan - which has produced two of the most entertaining races over the last couple of years - will be dropped. Then again, who will make way for Vietnam when they get around to announcing it?

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1. Posted by Liam III, 04/05/2018 19:43

"@Rhaycen- Have you been to Sebring? I have. Its not so much the track needs upgraded as there is nothing else there. You can't host the pinnacle of Motorsport in a Holiday Inn Express. You need infrastructure like resort hotels, fine dining and even beach access. Sebring- no. "

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2. Posted by ESTM PRFT, 04/05/2018 2:46

"I was not suggesting that F1 and Indy cars run at the same time in Long Beach, but that their relative times would be interesting (as was done at Montreal a few years ago). I don't think it would be too bumpy. I also would like to see F1 at Sebring or Watkins Glen as opposed to another street race."

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3. Posted by Trixi, 03/05/2018 23:30

"I’m all for Miami having a street race. We certainly don’t need to do a F1/Indy comparative race in Long Beach. Besides, it’s too bumpy in Ling Beach. I would also like to see F1 at Watkins Glen. "

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4. Posted by Rhaycen, 03/05/2018 8:16

"The united states if full of great that that with a relatively small investment could be made into perfectly fine F1 Track.

If they want to race in Florida, put some money into Sebring. But don't claim to be the pinnacle of anything if you are then going to race on completely unsuited street circuits."

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5. Posted by ESTM PRFT, 02/05/2018 16:46

"Long Beach would be ideal for a US street race and would showcase the difference between F1 and 'Indy' cars. A second US F1 'Road Race' at Laguna Seca would be terrific, but would never happen during Bernie's tenure due to 'access' issues. Obviously, I'm a US left coast guy..."

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6. Posted by Ro, 02/05/2018 14:59

"Whats a bet that there will be more races in the USA than the rest of the world in a few years? ESPN cant cope now, Heaven knows how they will cope then?"

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7. Posted by Max Noble, 02/05/2018 13:23

"21 in hexadecimal is 33 in decimal... so by changing number base Liberty could add another 12 races. I bet the Concorde agreement does not specify the number base to use for defining the number 21. :-).

Thank me later Chase...."

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