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F1 ‘making steps’ on second US race, says Carey

Formula One chief executive Chase Carey has reiterated his desire to further establish the motor-racing series’ presence in the US, with talks over a future Miami Grand Prix progressing.

F1 currently has one race in the US at the Circuit of the Americas circuit in Austin, Texas and Carey has repeatedly expressed a wish to stage a second grand prix in a “destination city” such as Miami or Las Vegas.

The vision for a potential race in Miami changed earlier this year from a street circuit plan in the downtown area of the city to a new track located near Hard Rock stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins NFL American football franchise.

The downtown street circuit plan had received the unanimous support of the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee in May 2018, in a move that was deemed to be the first step towards a potential race deal for the 2019 season, but this did not come to fruition.

Carey has insisted that F1 remains committed to adding a second race in the US.

“We’ve been quite public about our goals to pursue the opportunity in the US,” he said, according to the Autosport.com website.

He added: “There are a lot more fans here than people believe there are, so I think we’re excited about those opportunities.

“We’ve talked about adding races in what we call ‘destination cities’ like Las Vegas or Miami. We’ve been engaged for the last year there, I think we’ve made good headway.

“We continue to (do so), I have meetings next week with parties there, I had meetings a month ago there. We feel it’s important, we feel we’re making steps.

“We recognise that there are multiple elements in continuing to grow and build the sport, engage the fan base here. We’re making good headway on it. Probably the first step would be adding that race in a city like Miami, or Las Vegas.”

F1 this week struck a new agreement to continue staging the Mexican Grand Prix, with deals having also been extended for the Australian and British grands prix this summer. F1 will also add races in Vietnam and the Netherlands next year and Carey said the full calendar for the 2020 season is likely to be announced in the next few weeks.