New F1 owners eyeing New York GP night race?

Well it is the City that never sleeps...

4y ago

Bernie Ecclestone pulled off many great coups as Formula 1's ringmaster, but a New York Grand Prix was always the one that got away.

Plans were drawn up - and a track layout designed by Hermann Tilke - for a race around New Jersey, with the iconic Manhattan skyline as the backdrop.

The USA has always been under-utilised by F1, but the sport's chiefs, sponsors and car manufacturers have always been keen to expand in what is the world's biggest consumer market.

And now a report by respected German F1 reporter Michael Schmidt of Auto Motor und Sport says F1's new owners Liberty Media are pushing hard to resurrect the plans for a New York round of the championship - and are even looking at making the event a night race.

The proposed layout for a New Jersey Grand Prix, as designed by Hermann Tilke (Pic: Sutton)

The proposed layout for a New Jersey Grand Prix, as designed by Hermann Tilke (Pic: Sutton)

'Chase Carey, Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches are working on a revival of old plans by Bernie Ecclestone,' Schmidt writes.

'It could theoretically already take place in 2018 if all approval procedures are completed quickly, at the moment, however, it looks more like the Formula 1 racers driving for the first time in 2019 in the Big Apple.

'Ross Brawn can even imagine a night race on the track,' he adds.

Read Schmidt's full story here: .

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Comments (10)

  • Think for another street circuit CAPE TOWN South africa would be the choice!

    Voted as the best city in the world the most fantastic breathtaking backdrop & Scenery.

    And also bringing back F1 to South Africa, that has always been part of the F1 family and an exceptionally keen interest in motor racing in general.

      4 years ago
  • I got a better idea. Never mind NYC and think how f1 can improve and american city. Los Angeles now I've never been so I can't say what it's like but I will say that while I think the storm drains are a brilliant idea bit unnecessary if you ask me. I mean it's california for Christ sake but if we could make them part of a f1 track imagine part of a f1 track to look at rather than that ugly yellow cream colour that's there atm

      4 years ago
  • It's an interesting idea indeed, but where in NYC? Neither Brooklyn, Queens or Manhattan can't provide with good enough roads.. bqe is a disaster, belt pkwy too bumpy for f1, and Manhattan don't even get me started...

    I guess they can do some roadwork, and that's where increased price on subway rides will pay off lol😂

      4 years ago
  • Been to New York and New Jersey. New York smells horrible in the summer because there are no alleys for trash, the people were generally less than friendly and rats were everywhere. New Jersey was actually more welcoming environment and lacked the odors. I would definitely make the trip from Chicago land area for an F1 event in Jersey, only maybe if it was New York. I have always said the only thing I found good in New York was the seafood. I can't deny that but it is not enough for a return visit. F1 may entice me back but glad it is proposed for Jersey. Would love to see it.

      4 years ago
  • Well it's in New Jersey not New York and we are having a Formula E race this summer, so it'll be a good test to see if it's viable. The place they're proposing is pretty good but it's still NJ and lacks well... it's not New York. Brooklyn has just as meany possibilities for a good circuit but I will say as a native New Yorker no matter what, this would be AWESOME!!! I can't wait.

      4 years ago
    • The Formula E race will take place at the parking lot of the docks at Red Hook, Brooklyn. It is the exact same course as the Red Hook Criterium bicycle race. It is a much shorter course, with no elevation changes.

      I've ridden both courses on my...

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        4 years ago
    • Yes and I already got my tickets.

        4 years ago