First, the track has to be designed.
Last week, we reported that the city of Miami, Florida was being considered as the host for the next Formula 1 US Grand Prix. In a statement by Sean Bratches, Managing Director Commercial Operations, Formula 1, it was announced that "With the unanimous votes at both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County's Economic Development and Tourism Committee, we are very pleased to have received preliminary approval towards bringing a Formula 1 Grand Prix to Miami." Now all that's left is to decide when the race will be held.
The exact date has yet to be decided, but it looks like the Miami Grand Prix could take place as early as October 2019. Bratches went on to say "We recognize that this is only the start of the process and we will immediately get to work with the various community stakeholders, the City of Miami, the Port of Miami, Bayfront Park Management Trust and others, in order to reach a final agreement. Formula 1 in Miami represents a fantastic opportunity to bring the greatest racing spectacle on the planet to one of the world's most iconic cities, and we are delighted that the journey is underway." Part of the "journey" is to decide on the perfect layout for the track.
Last week, city councillor Ken Russell posted a rough sketch of what the downtown course would look like. The race would run around the American Airlines Arena (home of the Miami Heat NBA team), past the city's Freedom Tower, then go across the harbor. Reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is also on hand to help refine the track design and make improvements.