A lot of interest is coming in to host the second US GP. According to Chase Carey, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas have shown interested in being the host for the second Grand Prix in the U.S.A.
FIA has been planning to expand its F1 schedule for a while now and Liberty media has put city-based race at the top of their agenda for 2019. Carey says they have received interest for the race from all the four cities.
“Traditionally I think I’ve usually said four: New York, Miami, L.A. and Vegas,” Carey told Racer. “They’re illustrative. I don’t think we want to be engaging these discussions in public.
“We have interest from each of those; we have interest from more than one in a number of them, but I think we’re not going to publicly play people against each other. We want to find the right platform with the right partners, the right opportunity, the right place and the right type of event that will capture peoples’ imagination.
“I think the right way to go about that is to have these discussions. We want them to be real partners, we’re not just looking to do a deal. We really want to have a partnership where we’re engaged.
“These events are a face to the sport, and I think it’s important we have an event that represents what makes this sports special. So we want to be thoughtful about it and find the right partners in the right places and the right opportunity.”
US Grand Prix based out of Austin joined the F1 circuit with a 10-year contract starting in 2012.Although there has been concern about future races in that circuit, Liberty media is planning to keep the track on the F1 schedule. Carey sees no harm in having races in multiple cities but his focus is to get the second one started before looking at the other options.
“I think you start with one. I wouldn’t want to do two [at the same time]. I think you learn from the one and take what you learn. But yeah, I think our hope would be that down the road it would be more than one.
“That’s far enough down the road and I don’t want everyone focusing on numbers. But if the sport can be what we think it can be, then we hope there’s more than one. But the focus right now is really on adding that second race to Austin and trying to make sure it is what we want it to be.”