New York mayor enquires about F1 grand prix after Miami success

Races have previously been planned in New York, but they have never been successful.

New York Mayor Eric Adams has been in touch with CEO of Liberty Media, Greg Maffei, over a potential New York Grand Prix, but logistical issues mean an event there is unlikely.

Formula 1 held its inaugural race in Miami a fortnight ago, with the event making a loss due to the extremely high costs incurred to hold the event, and the pinnacle of motorsport will also be returning to Vegas next November.

New York tried to host a race in both 1984 and 1985, but it never came to fruition, and there were further efforts between 2011 and 2013.

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Planning for a race in the Big Apple started 11 years ago, and the intended venue was New Jersey, around six miles from Manhattan.

The race would be held across the Hudson River overlooking the city, but the organisers failed to make progress with the Port Imperial Street Circuit, and those plans were eventually scrapped too.

Now, Adams has expressed more interest from the city in hosting an F1 race on the other side of the Hudson in Randalls and Wards Island, but Maffei admits that the busy, environment in New York does not make for an ideal location.

“The Eric Adams administration has reached out asking for one. I think that’s very difficult. Their proposal, Randalls Island, is probably not our perfect venue,” he said.

“You know, a lot of time and money was spent here 15-20 years ago [sic], including by Leo Hindery, one of my predecessors, trying to build one out over in Hoboken.

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“I think the reality is street races in a place like New York are just very, very, very hard. Las Vegas is one of the few places in the United States you could probably get a street race done, it has a different mentality.

“New York is a wonderful venue, but it’s hard to see that they’re going to shut Central Park for us!”

It was put to the American that New Yorkers would readily embrace a grand prix in the former capital, but he asserted there are plenty of other people who would not be quite so appreciative.

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“I suspect there are a few other groups which might not, so probably a fight we don’t need to have,” he explained.

If a New York race were to be added to the calendar, it would mean four United States races along with Miami, Vegas and Texas.