The Formula One global motorsport series has announced plans to stage a Grand Prix in downtown Miami, Florida from next year.
The City of Miami Commission has scheduled a vote for 10th May to decide whether to back the proposal for a second annual Formula One race in the US.
According to the Autosport website, Formula One is seeking a multi-year deal that will see the series visit Florida every year from 2019 to 2028.
Formula One said that the exact timing of the race would be subject to further discussions with the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and the Miami authorities, but added that it hopes the inaugural Miami Grand Prix will take place in October 2019.
If plans are approved, it would be the first street race in the US since a Grand Prix in Arizona, Phoenix in 1991. The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas has hosted the US Grand Prix since 2012, but Formula One has made no secret of its desire to add a second event in the country, with Miami widely touted as the preferred destination.
“Earlier today the City of Miami Commission took an important step by adding an item to their upcoming agenda, that if approved, will make way to bring Formula One to downtown Miami next season,” said Sean Bratches, Formula One’s managing director of commercial operations. “We appreciate the community’s interest in hosting a Formula One race and look forward to working with local officials and stakeholders to bring this vision to life.
"With over half a billion fans worldwide, Formula One is the greatest racing spectacle on the planet, and Miami’s status as one of the world’s most iconic and glamourous cities, combined with its robust tourism infrastructure, makes Miami the perfect destination for Formula One and its fans.”
The plan is also being backed by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who said that a Formula One race would further strengthen the city’s wide-ranging sports offering.
“Miami is a first-class global city and Formula One is a first-class global brand,” said Ross. “In cooperation with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County, I am confident we can deliver yet another global event that will be a destination for people from around the world and drive economic value to South Florida.
“From football and soccer to tennis and motorsports, Miami deserves only the best in music, food, art, fashion, and sports and entertainment, and that is exactly what we plan on delivering with a Formula One race.”