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F1 Rejects Mayor's Offer for NYC Grand Prix

Road & Track logo Road & Track 2022-05-19 Brian Silvestro
NYC Mayor Eric Adams offered Randalls and Wards Island as a potential race venue, but Liberty Media isn't interested. © Jeff Zelevansky - Getty Images NYC Mayor Eric Adams offered Randalls and Wards Island as a potential race venue, but Liberty Media isn't interested.

Greg Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media, the company that owns and operates Formula 1, revealed during a media event on Thursday that New York City mayor Eric Adams offered up Randalls and Wards Island as a venue for a future F1 race, according to Autosport.

Maffei made it clear, however, that such an event would not likely occur.

“The Eric Adams administration has reached out asking for one,” Maffei said. “I think that's very difficult. Their proposal, Randalls Island, is probably not our perfect venue."

The news comes just two weeks after the successful Miami Grand Prix and a month following the confirmation of a Las Vegas Grand Prix in 2023.

“I think the reality is street races in a place like New York are just very, very, very hard," Maffei added. "Las Vegas is one of the few places in the United States you could probably get a street race done, it has a different mentality."

This isn't the first time Formula 1 has been tied to a race in or near NYC. Former boss Bernie Ecclestone pushed for years to have an event centered around the Big Apple, getting as close to having a race on the calendar in Hoboken, New Jersey in 2013. That event eventually fell through due to lack of funding, however.

“New York is a wonderful venue, but it's hard to see that they're going to shut Central Park for us!" Maffei said.

When told by a moderator they'd like to see a race in New York, Maffei replied: “I suspect there are a few other groups which might not, so probably a fight we don't need to have.”

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