The decision whether Hard Rock Stadium can host the F1 Miami GP has been deferred to until February after a fresh meet earlier this week.
The organisers of Miami GP presented a tweaked layout of the Hard Rock Stadium F1 circuit and promised an altered race timing for Friday practice on Tuesday to address the issues, ahead of the fresh meeting of the City of Miami Commission.
But the hurdle was still there as District Commissioner Barbara Jordan – the key figure to stand against F1 coming to the City of Miami Gardens – asked to defer the ordinance decision to until March. That wasn’t agreed to as they settled for a February date.
The decision now will be taken on February 4, which is the sate of the next meeting. The Miami Dolphins made two key changes, where they removed the 199th Street from the layout and agreed to change the practice time on Friday for school students.
In addition, they promised local involvement during the grand prix weekend to help boost their income. The attorney along with Mayor Carlos Gimenez had hoped for a favourable ordinance in this week’s meeting but will now have to wait for two more weeks.
The Miami GP is set for May 2021 date but if there is further delay, Liberty Media may move the F1 race to Las Vegas, as Gimenez confirmed them as an alternative being looked at. After deliberations for and against, the voting was done as 7-5.
Here, seven voted to defer it to February 4, while five voted for the ordinance to be passed on January 22 itself. The chairperson of the meet also wishes that F1 comes to Miami but is giving Jordan as well the organisers time to pass on the changes to the community.
The attorney of the organisers argued that the community wishes not to meet and sent out an ultimatum that they don’t want the F1 race at all. That somewhat weakened their stance, especially with regards to pollution and disturbance point they had put up.
It will now to be seen what comes out of the meeting in February and when can work actually start for them to complete by May 2021 as several changes has to be made around the stadium to make it ready to host the F1 grand prix.
Here’s the tweaked layout of F1 Miami GP