2019 calendar waiting on Miami troubles

Jul.12 (GMM) Liberty Media is waiting on progress in Miami before finalising the 2018 calendar.

It has emerged that the opening seven races on next year’s schedule – every race between March and June – have now been fixed: Australia, Bahrain, China, Azerbaijan, Spain, Monaco and Canada.

And the season finale will take place on December 1 in Abu Dhabi.

“The rest of the calendar depends on whether the planned grand prix in Miami takes place,” reported Auto Motor und Sport.

There are several issues with Liberty’s plans in Miami, but the latest one means that a contract was not signed by a July 1 deadline set by the city.

“As of right now a contract has not been finalised,” Stephanie Severino, of Miami’s communications office, told Forbes journalist Christian Sylt.

If Miami’s troubles can be overcome, it seems an October race date is likely, on a 2019 calendar that will once again probably host 21 grands prix.

“The conversation around 22-23 races is, I think, a few years out,” said McLaren boss Zak Brown.

“But if you put another two or three races on the calendar – a Miami, a New York, another one in Asia, some big markets – it’s pretty attractive commercially to our partners,” he added.

Related News

  • 27/05/2017 Some F1 tracks like ‘carparks’ – Wolff May 27 (GMM) Toto Wolff has admitted he would not necessarily miss some F1 circuits if they fell by the wayside. The sport's new owners Liberty Media have hinted at adding more races to […]
  • 05/04/2018 F1 expects better racing in Bahrain Apr.5 (GMM) Drivers are confident this weekend's grand prix in Bahrain will be more exciting than Melbourne. While Liberty Media works on making the cars easier to overtake for 2021, the […]
  • 08/04/2017 Wehrlein fractured bone in winter crash – Wolff Apr.8 (GMM) Toto Wolff has revealed that Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein actually fractured a bone in his back in his race of champions crash during the winter. Rumours are swirling around […]
  • 18/07/2018 F1 eyes 20-year deal for Miami GP Jul.18 (GMM) Yet another meeting could finally mean the green light for a grand prix in Miami. We have reported that Liberty Media is holding fire on publishing the 2019 calendar because […]
  • 29/05/2018 New York not ready for F1 race May 29 (GMM) New York does not look ready to join Miami as another US destination on the F1 calendar. It is now almost certain that Miami will become the second US-based grand prix next […]
  • 14/04/2017 2017 not making Vandoorne doubt abilities Apr.14 (GMM) Stoffel Vandoorne says he is not doubting his abilities, despite a difficult opening pair of races in 2017. The Belgian actually made his F1 debut in Bahrain a year ago, but […]
  • 27/05/2015 Rosberg wants ‘lucky’ wife at every race May 27 (GMM) Nico Rosberg wants his 'lucky charm' at every grand prix as he chases the 2015 title. In Australia, Malaysia, China and Bahrain, Mercedes teammate and reigning world […]
  • 05/04/2018 Liberty struggling to launch ‘F1 TV’ Apr.5 (GMM) Liberty Media is struggling to launch F1's new live streaming service. Before Australia, the new F1 owner announced that limited countries would have access to the service -- […]
  • 25/07/2018 2019 to begin with testing in Bahrain Jul.25 (GMM) F1 will kick off the 2019 season with winter testing in Bahrain. That is the claim of Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, revealing that the risk of bad weather in Spain is the […]
  • 02/04/2016 Todt open to returning to 2015 qualifying Apr.2 (GMM) In an ultra-rare paddock appearance for the media, FIA president Jean Todt on Saturday said it was race organisers who pushed for the introduction of the now-hated 'musical […]