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Volume 24 No. 218
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Bratches, F1 Actively Scouting Downtown Miami As Potential Site For New Grand Prix

F1 is actively scouting downtown Miami as a "potential site for a new Grand Prix," according to David Smiley of the MIAMI HERALD. F1 execs and engineers were in town this month, meeting with new Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami Special Events Film & Cultural Administrator Vicente Betancourt to go over "potential racing circuits and logistics." Racing planners have already "put together a half-dozen routes." Betancourt said that routes and logistics are being "discussed with the hope of bringing a race to downtown" by '20. However, Betancourt said that "everything is preliminary." Under new ownership and looking to expand its U.S. presence, F1 has been "talking much of the year about adding races to its lone United States Grand Prix in Austin." An event in Miami, or possibly Las Vegas or New York, has been "publicly discussed." On Nov. 7, F1 filed for "new trademarks on races in the three locations." And the following day, F1 Managing Dir of Commercial Operations Sean Bratches was in Miami with a team meeting with Suarez "checking out city streets." Betancourt said that Bratches left Miami with "much still unsettled, including the circuit."  Two years ago, Miami hosted the Formula E Miami ePrix that "ended up being a one-time event" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 11/28). Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross' RSE Ventures reportedly could become involved in the effort to bring an F1 event to Miami (THE DAILY).