Miami closes in on deal to host F1 Grand Prix

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Although back to F1, Miami may certainly offer a new platform to engage in wheel-to-wheel action having some of the best names in the business - Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Ricciardo- go flat out in the American heartland.In hindsight, it actually shouldn't be all that tough to host a Grand Prix at Miami, particularly from the standpoint of logistics.

He continued, "This is a strong sport in Europe, but we believe there are opportunities to grow the sport in places like in China and the US, the two biggest media economies in the world".

Formula One is closing in on a deal to bring a street race to downtown Miami, which could stage a grand prix as early as October 2019.

"My friends messaged me and told me about their plans to hold a Grand Prix in Miami", Hamilton told UBS Formula 1.

Not only does it allow drivers to mix it up instead of racing at the same circuits each year, but it gives them a chance to test their mettle on a new street circuit in a vibrant city.

Miami will already host a fan festival in the city later this year ahead of the U.S. Grand Prix, and the planned future race is likely to be called the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix.

On Wednesday, a statement from Sean Bratches, the series' managing director, commercial operations, supported the Miami bid that is led by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. So it fits with what we have been talking about and saying.

"We appreciate the community's interest in hosting a Formula 1 race and look forward to working with local officials and stakeholders to bring this vision to life".

And, party loving Hamilton proved keen to pre-empt the inevitable jokes which would be sure to surround his participation at such an event.

If agreed, Miami will enter the 2019 Formula 1 Season under the name "The Miami Grand Prix" and will be placed under a ten-year contract from 2019 to 2028.

"With over half a billion fans worldwide, Formula One is the greatest racing spectacle on the planet, and Miami's status as one of the world's most iconic and glamourous cities, combined with its robust tourism infrastructure, makes Miami the perfect destination for Formula One and its fans". Around this time a full page ad was run in the Miami Herald, opposing the idea of a race on the streets.

There is speculation the Azerbaijan Grand Prix could be scrapped to make room for Miami.