FORMULA ONE SUSPENDS MIAMI GRAND PRIX PLAN TILL 2020

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Following the sequence of the world race and the battle for the best Automobile sports, Formula One has hit the brakes on a proposed 2019 race in Miami, shelving plans until at least 2020. With the proposed voting for the race scheduled for July 26 up until September, F1 has decided to put the race and all possible activities surrounding it on hold rather than sign off “on a sub-optimal race track”

The racing series had hoped to stage a Miami grand prix in 2019 but announced on 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 US. 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 US from 2008-2012. It returned with the US Grand Prix in Texas at the Circuit of the Americas, a $300 Million facility built specifically for F1. A Miami street race would be the first F1 street race in the US since 1991 in Phoenix.

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