A downtown Miami stage of the F1 season has moved closer to becoming a reality after unanimous approval from the Florida city’s commission. Scheduled to start in October 2019, the race now requires further approval from the Miami-Dade County officials.
“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 toward bringing a Formula 1 Grand Prix to Miami,” said Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations for Formula 1.
“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.
“Formula 1 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.”
A concept design for the track has already been drawn up, with the pit and paddock area located adjacent to American Airlines Arena.
With the streets of Miami first used by the IMSA in 1983, the updated track design has similarities throughout.