Plans for the Miami GP, which would use Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Gardens area to form the circuit, have been knocked back on several occasions, primarily due to the concerns of local residents.
And now it seems that despite Liberty Media’s desires to have a second US-based race on the calendar, the Miami plans have been slowed down.
Speaking to Motorsport-total.com, Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey said: “We were aware that it takes time in the USA. On the other hand, it must also be said that it is taking longer than we hoped. It’s frustrating because we’ve invested a lot of time, but there seems to be increasing complexity.
“I think we have to come to terms with the reality that it is a time frame of more than five years. The goal now is a race over the next five to ten years from today. Within this framework, 12 months (delay) is no big deal. But that doesn’t mean it’s (not) increasingly frustrating.”
There is a movement being led by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan who totally rejects the idea of the Miami GP, and Carey admits that “there seems to be some changes in the political process that we need to get a grip on that we need to get in balance.”
But in that time, could Liberty look elsewhere? Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner, Roger Penske, is reportedly interested in bringing the track back to F1’s calendar, but Carey was giving little away.
Carey admitted: “I know the Penskes and had contact with them before they bought Indianapolis. But I have no comment on any conversations. We’re aware of their interest. Of course, it’s an iconic track in the world of motorsports.
"It’s part of the ‘Triple Crown’ with Monaco and Le Mans. That says everything about the importance of this track in motorsport.”