Back in 2012, Formula One planned to introduce a Grand Prix held on a street circuit outside New York City for the 2013 season. The organizers of the race got pretty far along in turning it into a reality, but for a number of reasons, it fell through. The New York Grand Prix isn't totally dead, however, because F1's new bosses are apparently planning on making it happen for 2019.
That's , which reports that F1's Chase Carey, Ross Brawn, and Sean Bratches envision a night race with views of the Manhattan skyline. Negotiations between F1's governing body and race organizers are reportedly far along, so Auto Motor Und Sport seems pretty confident this race will be added for the 2019 season. Theoretically, the race could be held next year, but the 2018 schedule is already too fully booked.
Noted circuit designer Hermann Tilke already devised a layout for the circuit in Weehawken, New Jersey, which is just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Back in 2012, the then-dominant Red Bull team brought one of its championship-winning cars along with drivers Sebastien Vettel and David Coulthard to promote the event.
While a Grand Prix in the New York City area would no doubt have many excited, we're going to maintain a healthy dose of skepticism until the race actually happens. That said, F1's new management seems generally more agreeable than former boss Bernie Ecclestone, so there's perhaps some hope for this race.