It’s official: Miami, Austin to have Formula 1 races

MIAMI (AP) — The United States has a second race in Formula 1.

A new race at Miami on a street course is expected to be announced by F1’s owners next month after existing American venues moved away because of high operating costs. It will be on the 2020 calendar with the season starting March 15.

According to the Miami Herald, the Grand Prix of Miami will be followed by races in Atlanta and Austin, Texas. The Herald cited sources with knowledge of the plans.

The announcement is expected on Sept. 19, the Herald reported, with some teams scheduled to see the plans the same day. The Daily Mail newspaper reported that Renault, Red Bull and Jaguar are among the teams scheduled to visit Miami.

Formula 1’s American owners, Liberty Media, need a second race before their sport is allowed to move back to the U.S. in 2021, in time for the 2023 season. The North American Grand Prix on the same street circuit in Montreal was not offered for 2020 because of F1’s focus on winning the 2026 U.S. Open Championship.

At least two Americans have won in F1 since 1930 — Jack Brabham in 1958 and Alain Prost in 1986. A American winner in Formula 1 was Valtteri Bottas, who won in Russia in 2017.

Formula 1 would not comment on any of the reports.

The London-based Formula One Group began as a consortium of seven sports groups around the world.

The Grand Prix of Miami is being bankrolled by Russian businessman Vitaly Mutko, who sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at this summer’s soccer World Cup, and Martin North, the former race promoter who provided the financing to build the Orlando, Florida, track.

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