The City of Miami and Miami-Dade County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee unanimously voted 5-0 to approve Resolution No. 22 to “bring the Formula One Racing Circuit to the City of Miami for the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix from 2019 to 2028.”
According to Formula 1, the exact timing of the F1 Miami Grand Prix will be further discussed between F1, FIA (auto racing’s governing body) and Miami authorities, but hopes are the race will occur October 2019.
“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 One. “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.”
According to Bloomberg, the proposed 2.57-mile Miami circuit will “wind through downtown, around the American Airlines Arena, and across the Port Boulevard bridge above Biscayne Bay.” Reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton was excited about the potential Miami race, but was critical of the course, saying, “it could be a lot more fun.”
The Miami Grand Prix will become the second annual F1 race held in the United States. The United States Grand Prix has been held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, since its revival in 2012. The race would also become the fourth F1 event in North America, joining the Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal), U.S. Grand Prix (Texas), and Mexican Grand Prix (Mexico City).
Formula 1, which boasts 500 million global fans and 15 million followers on social media, had previously looked into potential races in New Jersey and Los Angeles before owners Liberty Media Corp. set their sights on Miami. While the contract still needs to be approved, Miami mayor Francis Suarez said the May 10 vote was a “big step” toward getting it done, according to the Associated Press.
Racing legend Mario Andretti, the last American to win an F1 season championship (1978), told the AP that Miami was a “very attractive venue.”
“There’s a lot of room for growth with F1 in the U.S. Why not a second race?” Andretti said. “It would be some sort of a coup (for Liberty) because Miami has been talked about for a long time and then it always goes into never-never land.”