Anton Andres / FIA | May 15, 2018 09:37
Miami officials approves Formula 1's initial proposal to race in the heart of the city
A week ago, the Formula 1 committee announced that they are planning to host a race in the city of Miami in the near future. Now it seems their plan is coming closer to reality. After proposals to the City of Miami Commission, officials have approved the initial proposal of Formula 1 to race in the heart of the city.
“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 recognize 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,” said Sean Bratches, managing director commercial operations, Formula 1.
Bratches added, “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”. Formula 1 will be holding a fan festival in Miami later this year as the sport does its best to bring the action closer to their audiences.
With that, Formula 1 is hoping that the race will be held by October of 2019. Should this push through, it seems likely that it will be held either before or after the United States Grand Prix held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. For now, the Miami Grand Prix would be a matter for further discussion between F1, the FIA and the city's authorities.