F1’s planned Miami GP cast into further doubt

City Commission postpone vote on Formula One’s proposal.

F1’s planned Miami GP cast into further doubt

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Formula One’s proposed Miami Grand Prix faces further delays after the City Commission postponed a vote on the matter once again.

The original vote was meant to take place in September 2018 but that was deferred until March of this year.

The vote has now been pushed back to May, which would mean that even if the motion was approved, it would be very difficult to host a Miami Grand Prix in either the 2019 or 2020 season.

Formula One’s owner, Liberty Media, was left in an awkward position last year after announcing that a Miami circuit would be in place for the ongoing season, only to encounter resistance from locals and several logistical challenges.

Under the terms of the deal offered to Miami to host a Grand Prix, Liberty waived any potential hosting fee, a major revenue generator for the company and a significant cost for the race organisers, according to GP Fans.

Miami is vying to become the second US city to host a Formula One race after Austin, Texas, while Liberty is also eyeing up other potential destinations in its bid to expand the Formula One calendar to 24 races.

Vietnam has already been confirmed as a host circuit from the 2020 season, with reports suggesting that the Netherlands could follow.

On the track, Valtteri Bottas leads the Drivers’ Championship heading into the third race of the season - and Formula One's historic 1,000th race - in China this weekend.