Hopes that Miami will be able to host a Grand Prix in 2021 remain alive for at least another “three to six months”, according to the Florida city’s mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Formula 1 has reached a deal in principle for a race at and near Hard Rock Stadium, but preparations hit an early snag when opposition groups made key blocking moves at the Miami-Dade commission.
Mayor Gimenez used his veto to block the opposition earlier in this month and again this week, as an effort to override the veto failed as commissioners voted 7 to 5 in favour.
“This race isn’t until May of 2021,” Gimenez told CBS Miami. “Sustaining my veto buys three to six months so that we can at least get the parties that are involved together and we can continue to work toward a solution,” he added.
Formula One Management, as well as Hard Rock Stadium CEO Tom Garfinkel, said in similarly-worded statements that they will now use the extra time to work “very hard to address community concerns in a meaningful way.”