Formula One scraps Miami Grand Prix plans

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A Formula One race planned for Miami is set to move location amid fears the proposed downtown street race would have a negative effect on the local area.

Plans for a Miami GP were announced last year to great fanfare, however, after discussions over locations, a 10-year deal for the city to host a race on the F1 calendar was postponed until 2020.

Liberty Media have previously expressed their desire to organise a second race in the United States, and along with other promoters behind the race, including Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, agreed to mutually scrap the original downtown plans, which would have seen areas such as Bayfront Park and Biscayne Boulevard included, following opposition from locals.

Miami Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel explained the decision to postpone: "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 [Ross, race organiser] and I felt defeated the purpose."

F1 already has a rich street race history, with Melbourne, Baku, Montreal, Singapore and Monaco all hosting races through their streets in 2019.

Previously, dating back to 1960, F1 has satisfied its need for street racing in Adelaide, Las Vegas, Lisbon and Porto to name just a few.

Despite the delay, CEO of the Hard Rock Stadium Garfinkel did give some hope to a race being held in the area of the city which homes the Miami Dolphins.

The failed Miami street race would have been the United States' fifth of its kind, with races in Dallas, Detroit and Long Beach adding to the previously mentioned Vegas race. 

"A lot would have to happen for us to be able to do it, 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," he added. 

"It also means better ingress and egress, better amenities, unprecedented sight-lines, and opportunities for the best hospitality anywhere in racing. 

"We can still do parties and events all week downtown, at [South] Beach, and in Brickell. 

"We only want to do it if we can create world-class racing, a great fan experience, and a lot of value for Miami."

However, fans will be able to experience a street race this weekend in Baku, as the 2019 F1 season continues to its fifth race in Azerbaijan.

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