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Official: Miami F1 not happening in 2019

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23/07/2018

F1 has today issued a formal statement confirming that the proposed Grand Prix in the City of Miami will not go ahead as originally planned.

The statement, from Sean Bratches, Managing Director of Commercial Operations at Formula 1, reads:

"In the last few months we have worked diligently alongside our promoter Stephen Ross of RSE Ventures, the City of Miami and Miami Dade County, to realise our ambition to bring a Formula 1 Grand Prix to Miami, and we have made significant progress: however, these are complicated negotiations.

"Whilst our preference would have been to race in Miami in 2019, there was always a point by which delivering the best possible wheel-to-wheel racing experience for our fans, drivers and teams wouldn't be possible in the time available. We have now reached that point as far as racing in Miami in 2019 is concerned.

"However, we are taking a long-term view and as a result, we have decided, in consultation with the Miami authorities, to postpone sign-off until later in the summer, with the aim of running the first Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix in the 2020 season.

"We have always said that we wouldn't compromise on delivering the best possible race, for the people of Miami, our fans and the 1.8 billion people who watch F1 globally every year, and 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.

"At every stage of this process we've enjoyed positive collaboration and co-operation with the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Port of Miami, Bayfront Parks Management, residents and businesses. As a result of these discussions, we have listened and adapted our plans, including elements of the track layout.

"We are committed to expansion in the US and to Miami in particular and we will be bringing our fantastic sport to this iconic city in October with the Formula 1 fan festival, where we look forward to engaging and exciting fans."

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1. Posted by imejl99, 24/07/2018 13:16

"Since Liberty is considering one "free of charge" for the promoter, and there is desire to expand across USA, may I suggest to go to the Brickyard and ask nicely? No conflict as it is long way from Austin, and even longer from 2005 fiasco."

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2. Posted by @R1Racing71, 24/07/2018 10:08

"Mallory Park in with a chance then?"

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3. Posted by Egalitarian, 24/07/2018 7:15

"Surely there is only one place for THE preferred race - Mar a Lago"

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4. Posted by ESTMPRFT, 23/07/2018 22:05

""Happy Happy Joy Joy" - Stimpson J. Cat At least until 2020. BTW, the excuse for no Road America (as well as Laguna Seca) is access (and now, most likely, glitz). I can't speak as to why Watkins Glen is overlooked... "

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5. Posted by VC10-1103, 23/07/2018 21:38

"Chris 'book 'em Danno' was Hawaii. How about a GP there? It would fill a very obvious hole in the round the world circus"

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6. Posted by Chris Roper, 23/07/2018 20:54

"They say that hindsight is 2020 vision, so maybe FoM should be looking back at the history of F1 and reinstating England and Germany to the calendar as its 2020 vision.

Fast cars in Miami conjures up visions of Gangs, Drug Lords and a 1960’s cop show.
But that may well be why Liberty wants to book em’ Danno.
"

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7. Posted by Liam III, 23/07/2018 20:05

"Lets be clear... There will be NO wheel to wheel racing on a makeshift street circuit. I live in the states and this was just a stupid idea anyway. Please explain what is wrong with Road America, an actual racetrack?"

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8. Posted by Fambank, 23/07/2018 19:43

"I don't understand at all why a track, which doesn't exist, which layout with a fair amount of certainty will
provide boring races with the current cars ( More DRS zones for artificial overtaking anyone ? ), and where
never an F1 race is held, should deserve a 10 deal, with a possible 10 year extention. Do a few races there,
and see how it turns out. Then a 20 year deal would make way more sense if it was successfull.

But of course, ML is in it for the parties....shame they bought F1 and not a partycaterer."

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9. Posted by Ro, 23/07/2018 19:01

"Brilliant news! Media Liberty should think more about keeping Silverstone, Hungary and the "proper" tracks, not these mamby-pamby crappy circuits."

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