The Formula One (F1) hierarchy thought of introducing a Grand Prix on a street circuit outside New York for the 2013 season. However, the race never came to fruition. Bernie Ecclestone revealed that the race’s organizers were in breach of their contract.
However, The New York Grand Prix isn’t totally dead. Liberty Media, the new owners of F1 are planning on making the event happen in 2019. The original location of the race was planned to run through Weehawken and West New York, New Jersey. The location was chosen for several reasons. This is because of its superb view of the New York City skyline and Hudson River. It also includes elevation changes, and proximity to public transportation.
Negotiations are ongoing for the NYC night race
Chase Carey, Ross Brawn, and Sean Bratches of F1 are presently envisioning a night race in New York. They want the race to happen with views of the Manhattan skyline, according to German publication Auto Motor Und Sport.
Negotiations between F1’s governing body and race organizers are reportedly far along. Hence, Auto Motor Und Sport seems pretty confident this race will be added for the 2019 season. Theoretically, the race could be held next year, but the 2018 schedule is already too fully booked.
In 2012, Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard, drivers of the then-dominant Red Bull team ran a promotional video on the track’s planned route. The 29-year-old Vettel tagged the venue as exceptional and compared it to classic Grand Prix circuits like Spa-Francorchamps and Monaco.
Hermann Tilke, famous circuit designer have already devised a layout for the circuit in Weehawken, New Jersey.
Las Vegas competing with NYC for a Grand Prix
NYC isn’t the only major metropolitan center gunning for a race in its city limits. Las Vegas has been seeking its own Grand Prix as well, as reported by BBC.
It has to be noted that twice in the early 1980s, a Grand Prix was held in the parking lot of Caesars Palace. However, the track’s lackluster design reflected the limited space in which it was constructed.
Chinese investors, however, have put forward nearly $150 million to get Las Vegas on the Formula One calendar. Like the NYC race, however, Ecclestone claimed it was the race organizers who were failing, in spite of accusations that Ecclestone was trying to wring every last cent from tracks and event hosts.
All this is going on amidst the rumors of the Long Beach Grand Prix in California considering a return to Formula One. There can only be so many races in a season, though, so we can only hope that the best races make their way onto the calendar.
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