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Miami street race plans now dead

2019-04-25 11:55

Mercedes Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) leads a pack at the start of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17, 2019. Image: Peter PARKS / AFP

Plans for a street race in downtown Miami are now definitely dead.

The Miami Herald reports that race organisers and Liberty Media "have mutually decided to scrap" the F1 plans because city disruption "would be too great".

However, it is reportedly now possible that a future race could take place near Hard Rock Stadium, which is in Miami Gardens -- north of Miami.

"The economic impact of a formula one race to Miami would be along the same lines of a Super Bowl," said Hard Rock Stadium boss Tom Garfinkel.

He said the original plans had to change when a "detailed report" showed how disruptive the race in downtown Miami would be.

"A lot would have to happen for us to be able to do it, but we have over 250 acres of land so adding an F1 race to where Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Open sit means we can create a world-class racing circuit that is unencumbered by existing infrastructure," said Garfinkel.

"We only want to do it if we can create world-class racing, a great fan experience, and a lot of value for Miami."

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