F1’s Miami race hopes set for further delay – report

The Formula One motor-racing championship is reportedly set to be met with fresh delays for its long-held ambitions of securing a second race in the US.

UK newspaper The Independent said local lawmakers in Miami have opted to delay a vote on whether to approve a deal for a grand prix. The Miami City Commission in September decided to defer a vote, instead opting to provide a six-month window for a decision.

This window expired on March 28 and The Independent reported that the minutes of a meeting have revealed a further delay with a vote “deferred to the May 23, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting”.

In May 2018, the proposal received the unanimous support of the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. This was seen as the first step towards a potential race deal for the ongoing 2019 season, but Formula One has already been forced to delay this to 2020 and The Independent said the latest news means any chance of a Miami grand prix joining the calendar next season now appears remote.

The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas has hosted the United States Grand Prix since 2012. The Miami race deal has faced opposition from local residents over the route which the proposed street circuit would take.