F1 Cancels Plan To Introduce Miami in 2019

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Formula 1 has cancelled plans for a first Miami GP in 2019 and instead hope to introduce the race for the 2020 season.

The announcement means there are likely to be 20 races on the 2019 F1 calendar, with Germany dropping out.

F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches said that the postponement comes after “complicated negotiations” and that they did not want to sign off on a “sub-optimal race track, just to do a deal”.

“Whilst our preference would have been to race in Miami in 2019, there was always a point by which delivering the best possible wheel-to-wheel racing experience for our fans, drivers and teams wouldn’t be possible in the time available,” he said.

“We have now reached that point as far as racing in Miami in 2019 is concerned.

“However, we are taking a long-term view and as a result, we have decided, in consultation with the Miami authorities, to postpone sign-off until later in the summer, with the aim of running the first Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix in the 2020 season.”

The initial plans for an inaugural Miami GP, a street race, were voted through in May but have hit the rocks in recent weeks, with local residents opposing the event.

A decision was scheduled to be made at a City Commission meeting this week, but that was also postponed.

The Miami race was the first “destination city” race in the US confirmed by F1’s owners Liberty Media, who still hope to bring a race to Florida after “significant progress” was made in talks.

The fan festival in Miami in October will still go ahead as planned.