The City Commission of Miami, Florida have officially approved a Formula 1 race on the city’s streets in the 2019 season.
A Formula 1 race on the streets of Miami, Florida has officially been approved by Miami’s City Commission. The Commission decided unanimously to add the race to the Formula 1 schedule, which allows Miami to negotiate the terms of the deal.
The Miami Grand Prix is set to make its debut in the 2019 Formula 1 season, and the initial deal is for 10 years, meaning it will run through the 2028 season.
Here is a statement from the Commission on the matter, according to ESPN.
“A resolution of the Miami City Commission supporting the efforts to bring the Formula One racing circuit to the city of Miami for the Formula One Miami Grand Prix from 2019 to 2028, and to direct the city manager to formalise the necessary contractual agreement between the City of Miami and the Formula One World Championship Limited.”
The addition of the Miami Grand Prix makes the United States of America the only country that will host more than one Formula 1 race in the 2019 season. The annual United States Grand Prix is held at the 20-turn, 3.427-mile (5.513-kilometer) Circuit of the Americas road course in Elroy, Texas, and it has been held there since the 2012 season after a 10-year deal was agreed to by Formula 1 and the track to allow the track to play host to the United States Grand Prix through the 2021 season.
The proposed circuit of the Miami Grand Prix circuit is located in the Biscayne Bay area, and it runs around the American Airlines Arena, the home of the Miami Heat of the NBA, and Miami’s Freedom Tower. It also crosses the harbor and then comes back to the downtown area of the city.
Here is a picture of the layout of the proposed track.
Here is what Formula 1 commercial chief Sean Bratches had to say about the Miami Grand Prix, according to ESPN.
“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 One Grand Prix to Miami. We recognise 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. Formula One 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.”
It is not yet known what the addition of the Miami Grand Prix will do to the rest of the schedule for next season. The contracts of three of the track’s on this year’s schedule, Hockenheimring, the host of the German Grand Prix in July, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the host of the Belgian Grand Prix in August, and Suzuka International Racing Course, the host of the Japanese Grand Prix in October, are all set to expire once the 2018 season concludes.
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