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Miami gives green light for F1 race in 2019

Written by  May 11, 2018

A possible Formula 1 street race in Miami in 2019 took a major step forward on Thursday after the project was given the go-ahead by local authorities.

The plan was unanimously approved at a meeting of the City of Miami Commission and means now negotiations can take place with Liberty Media to agree a contract.

"We are very pleased to have received preliminary approval towards bringing an F1 Grand Prix to Miami," commercial director Sean Bratches said in a statement.

"We recognise that this is only the start of the process and we will immediately get to work with the various community stakeholders, the City of Miami, the Port of Miami, Bayfront Park Management Trust and others, in order to reach a final agreement.

"F1 in Miami represents a fantastic opportunity to bring the greatest racing spectacle on the planet to one of the world’s most iconic cities, and we are delighted that the journey is underway.”

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A first draft of the possible layout was revealed late last week and wasn't met too kindly, with Lewis Hamilton offering to help redesign the proposed circuit focused around the American Airlines Arena.

Concerns have also been raised about the possible inclusion of two long flat-out stretches running over bridges that cross the bay but the final track is just one of a number of hurdles that remain.

If overcome, it is hoped the first race can be held as soon as October next year.

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