2021 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix receives boost after failed block attempt

by Jake Williams-Smith on 20th November 2019

The prospect of a Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix received a boost after County Commission sustained a veto by the mayor of Miami to block the race from happening.​

The proposed Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix circuit for 2021

Formula 1's plans for a Miami Grand Prix have received a boost after Miami-Dade County commissioners failed in their attempts to block the race from happening.

Anti-F1 legislation that would ban street closures was vetoed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, with commissioners in opposition to the race then failing to secure a majority vote to override the veto.

It is F1's first major step in its hopes of staging a second race in the United States.

A statement released by Formula 1 said the decision was an encouraging sign and that work would continue in organising of a potential Miami Grand Prix.

“Along with Miami Dolphins, we are encouraged the County Commission sustained the Mayor’s Veto. As Miami Dolphins has done for all its events at Hard Rock Stadium, and as we have done in every city that hosts a race, we will continue to work with the Mayor and the community to make a Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix a huge success for all of Miami-Dade County; including the residents of Miami Gardens.

"We will work very hard to address community concerns in a meaningful way, mitigate any inconveniences or disruptions to local residents, and create an event we can all be proud of.”

A new plan to stage the race around the surrounding area of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins Stadium was formulated and agreed upon according to the vice chairman and CEO of Hard Rock Stadium, Tom Garfinkle

Last month, a statement was co-released by Garfinkle and F1 managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches, and said that an “agreement in principle” had finally been reached.

“We are thrilled to announce that Formula One and Hard Rock Stadium have reached an agreement in principle to host the first-ever Formula One Miami Grand Prix a Hard Rock Stadium,” the statement read.

“With an estimated annual impact of more than $400 million and 35,000 room nights, the Formula One Miami Grand Prix will be an economic juggernaut for South Florida each and every year.

“We are deeply grateful to our fans, elected officials and the local tourism industry for their patience and support throughout the process.

“We look forward to bringing the greatest racing spectacle on the planet for the first time to one of the world’s most iconic and glamorous region.”

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Miami Gardens residents and Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Barbara Jordan have pushed against the event taking place, citing noise and disruption that the race would cause.

The switch of venues could open up the possibility of the race being finalised, with principal owner of the Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross owning the surrounding land to the stadium.

A $40million bespoke circuit would reportedly be built within the confines of the land surrounding the stadium, aimed at quelling concerns by residents over potential disruptions.

Miami Grand Prix track map

F1 also turned down the option to stage a race in the surrounding area of Homestead Miami Speedway.

A proposed plan to use the parking areas around the speedway was not a suitable option, with proposed costs to construct a circuit estimated to be in the $250,000,000 region described as "simply not workable".

Since taking over the sport from Bernie Ecclestone in 2017, Liberty Media has pushed for more “destination cities” to be added to the existing calendar in order to expand the F1 fanbase.

Another race in the United States alongside the race at COTA in Austin, Texas has been one of the highest priorities.


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