Epstein skeptical about Miami “parking zone” race
Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein fears a “parking zone race” in Miami would harm System 1 in the US.
F1 has been eager so as to add extra races within the U.S., and a proposed occasion in Miami is probably the most superior undertaking. After failing to safe a downtown location, consideration has turned to a format across the Exhausting Rock Stadium, and Epstein is anxious a race that doesn’t have the appropriate picture might be damaging to the game’s makes an attempt to develop Stateside.
“The promoting level behind Miami was not the observe, it was the (unique) backdrop,” Epstein instructed ESPN. “They mentioned we wish to be in international locations with iconic backdrops. It does appear very off-brand of them to have a parking-lot race.
“We don’t fear from a ticket gross sales viewpoint. I don’t fear that that may develop into a fan favourite. It’s not going to be a spectacular observe. However I do fear the impression it will have long-term on this market.”
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Regardless of COTA’s standing because the host of the one F1 race within the U.S. at current, Epstein insists he’s completely satisfied to have additional rounds in America if it provides worth to F1 as an entire.
“I’ve by no means had an issue with one other race in the identical time zone and I’ve at all times welcomed the push for extra U.S. races, however provided that performed the proper manner,” he mentioned. “We handled the problems across the addition of the Mexican Grand Prix and the lack of income that originally gave us, nevertheless it’s clear they’ve constructed one thing there.”
Epstein additionally believes Liberty needs to be extra engaged along with his promotion workforce by way of studying how COTA has made a hit of the occasion after promoting out this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
“In the event you requested me, when Liberty purchased the enterprise – since we’ve been the one one selling F1 within the U.S. and have been so profitable in it – have they requested us how we’ve performed it? Have they requested us for any assist in constructing the game within the U.S.? Have they requested us for any recommendation? In each case I might say no.”