Fourth Race in the US? F1 Approached By Another Mega City Following Grand Inaugural Miami GP Event

Published 05/20/2022, 4:22 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 8, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the Miami Grand Prix with second placed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and third placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Well, we soon might have another race in the USA! Liberty Media Corporation CEO, Greg Maffei, has revealed that the Mayor of New York has proposed the sport to hold an F1 race in the city. The sport already has two races in the USA on the current calendar, with Las Vegas joining next season for the first time in 40 years to make it three races in the USA.

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F1 has tried many times to race in the Big Apple in the past. In 2013, a proposed race was even on the calendar, but it fell through due to lack of funding. But when Liberty Media took over the sport in 2017, once again New York’s name was thrown in the hat, but Miami and Las Vegas took the cake.

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He mentioned the Mayor proposed a land on Randall and Wards Island across the Harlem River to the north-east of Manhattan. But it looks like Maffei was not much impressed with the proposed land allotted to host a race in New York.

Liberty Media CEO not impressed with the location for New York’s F1 race

Maffei pointed out that it is easier for the sport to close down streets in Miami than in New York. He mentioned that building a track in the proposed area would be difficult, as it is not an ideal location for the sport.

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“The Eric Adams administration has reached out asking for one. I think that’s very difficult. Their proposal, Randalls Island, is probably not our perfect venue. I think the reality is street races in a place like New York are just very, very hard,” said Liberty Media head.

Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 8, 2022, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez is seen before the race REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

“Las Vegas is one of the few places in the United States you could probably get a street race done. It has a different mentality. New York is a wonderful venue, but it’s hard to see that they’re going to shut Central Park for us!” said Maffei.

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With three races already being held in the country, it might be an overkill to add another one to the mix. But nothing is certain, as Liberty Media’s priority has always been the USA. So let’s see if we might get a race in the city after all in the future.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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