In a big blow for Liberty Media’s Formula One plans in the USA, a race in Miami may not come to pass. As it turns out, Formula One has reportedly shut down plans to bring a Formula 1 Grand Prix to downtown Miami.
Earlier, Liberty Media and Miami Dolphins American football team owner, Stephen Ross have been working hard to bring a race to the streets of Florida.
However, according to The Miami Herald, both factions are still hoping to bring the race to another part of Miami. The problems seemingly arose when the citizens of downtown Miami protested over the likelihood of disturbance that a normal F1 race is associated with.
However, Miami Dolphins vice chairman and CEO, Tom Garfinkel provided an alternative venue. He revealed that the Hard Rock Stadium, north of the original planned layout, could be the perfect backdrop for a potential race.
He said, “We want to do something great for Miami, but unfortunately when we finally received the detailed report of what it would take to build out a street circuit each year, the multiple weeks of traffic and construction disruption to the port, Bayfront Park and the residents and businesses on Biscayne Boulevard would have been significant; which Steve and I felt defeated the purpose.”
Garfinkel continued, “A lot would have to happen for us to be able to do it [at the stadium], but we have over 250 acres of land so adding an F1 race to where Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Open sit means we can create a world-class racing circuit that is unencumbered by existing infrastructure.”
“It also means better ingress and egress, better amenities, unprecedented sight-lines, and opportunities for the best hospitality anywhere in racing.”
“We only want to do it if we can create world-class racing, a great fan experience, and a lot of value for Miami.”