Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix plan thrown lifeline by mayor

Formula 1's planned 2021 Miami Grand Prix has been thrown a lifeline after the mayor of Miami-Dade County vetoed a resolution that would have blocked the use of public roads

Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix plan thrown lifeline by mayor

The intended track for the latest incarnation of the project is based around the Hard Rock Stadium in the Miami Gardens area and uses mostly car parks and other land owned by the home of the Miami Dolphins American football team.

But it also includes a half-mile section of 199th Street.

The resolution that would have prevented the use of public roads was passed after a county commissioners meeting on October 29 during which local politicians and residents objected to plans for the race, while F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches and double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi spoke in its defence.

Mayor Carlos A Gimenez, who has made his support for the race clear, had a meeting with residents, stadium officials and F1 representatives last week.

By subsequently vetoing the resolution he has in effect bought more time for the race's stakeholders to convince locals not to block the plans.

"I vetoed a resolution that would impact Formula 1 racing as planned at Hard Rock Stadium for 2021," Gimenez announced on social media.

"Earlier this week I met with Miami Gardens residents, stadium officials and other stakeholders who have raised concerns about noise and potential air pollution.

"We will continue to work on reaching a compromise that benefits residents, racing fans and our county's economy."

In a formal statement attached to the veto document he expanded on why he was giving more time for a solution to be found.

"While I remain sensitive to residents' concerns in Miami Gardens, I believe it is premature to block an event of the magnitude of Formula 1 racing outright," Gimenez added.

"Therefore I am vetoing the legislation to reset the conversation to a neutral posture and give all the parties to work on a resolution that benefits the community and allows Formula 1 to continue in Miami-Dade County.

"The outcome of that meeting was an agreement by the Dolphins to respond in writing within two weeks to the concerns raised during our meeting, and to show an action plan for how those concerns could be mitigated.

"I remain committed to bringing this world class event to our community."

Last week sources suggested that the race promoters were looking for ways to avoid 199th Street by redesigning the track so that it is entirely on stadium property.

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