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Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton makes MAJOR Ferrari admission in Barcelona

Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton makes MAJOR Ferrari admission in Barcelona”

The new race was approved by the city's authorities on Thursday, but the world champion is unhappy with the proposed layout - a 2.6-mile track starting on Biscayne Boulevard and dominated by two long straights.

F1 has been eager to expand its operations in the USA, with consideration for races in Las Vegas and NY as well as Miami.

A motion put before Miami's City Commission was carried with unanimous support, paving the way for negotiations for the race, which could be held as early as 2019, to accelerate.

"I don't get why, for example, in golf you get all the great golfers who design golf courses, and then you've not got any of the top racing drivers ever in history who ever designed a race track", said Hamilton.

"A resolution of the Miami City Commission supporting the efforts to bring the Formula One racing circuit to the city of Miami for the Formula One Miami Grand Prix from 2019 to 2028, and to direct the city manager to formalise the necessary contractual agreement between the City of Miami and the Formula One World Championship Limited".

Miami would become the second United States destination on the F1 calendar, with the Circuit of the Americas in Texas now contracted to host its race until 2022. Suarez said the city and F1 will work to address any concerns about traffic and noise in Miami neighborhoods.

F1's previous efforts to schedule races in the US included New Jersey and Los Angeles before Liberty Media zeroed in on Miami.

"Miami is a super cool place, and I was very, very excited to hear about it, and then I saw the layout and it was like "meh", the four-times world champion said before this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. The location would also give F1 a gateway for fans from South America, which has only one F1 race, in Brazil.

"I dread the thought of a street circuit like we had with Valencia, which wasn't really a great street circuit". Mario Andretti, the last American to win an F1 season championship in 1978, called Miami a "very attractive venue".

"There's still a lot of unknowns into this season right now, so we're still learning".

"There is a long, long way to go".

Miami-based billionaire Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, one of the backers of the proposed Grand Prix, said the event was a logical choice for the city.

Williams had another trying session as Polish reserve Robert Kubica took part in a race weekend for the first time since 2010, three months before he suffered serious injuries in a rally crash. He also brought several global soccer events to Hard Rock Stadium, which is seeking to host World Cup matches in 2026.



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