Following last weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, rumors suggesting F1 might end the race in favor of a new grand prix in Miami next year have increased in intensity. Today, F1 confirmed that it has made to the city of Miami for a 2019 race held on city streets. that the Miami City Commission will hold a vote next week on a motion to start negotiating a multi-year deal with F1.
We did not reach out to the city of Miami for comment on this, though. We went one better. The person most commonly associated with Miami, and the city's chief cultural export, musician Pitbull, has yet to return a Road & Track request for his thoughts on the possible race. We'll update if we hear back from the man once called Mr. 305, after the area code for the city.
"Earlier today the City of Miami Commission took an important step by adding an item to their upcoming agenda, that if approved, will make way to bring Formula 1 to downtown Miami next season," F1 commercial director Sean Bratches said in a statement. "We appreciate the community’s interest in hosting a Formula 1 race and look forward to working with local officials and stakeholders to bring this vision to life."
Since it was bought by Liberty Media in 2016, F1 has been looking to expand to the US with a second race in addition to the current US Grand Prix, which has been held at the Circuit of the Americas since 2012. This country last hosted two F1 grands prix in 1984 when there were races in Dallas and Detroit.
Pitbull, whose first album was called M.I.A.M.I., has performed two concerts around F1 races—one following the 2013 US Grand Prix and one before the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix. His views on the series are otherwise unclear.