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F1 to keep US race dates separate

Start during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Formula 1 has announced a second race in the United States after years of negotiations, and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said those races will happen on different, separate dates.

The possibility of having back-to-back races was high because logistically having two races in one country consecutively would mean a huge logistical relief for Formula 1, the teams, and the staff.

However, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has stated that both races will not run consecutively, with the Miami Grand Prix expected to be placed during the second quarter of 2022 as negotiations with Austin remain in place for a possible contract extension.

“We will keep them separate, in order to give the right space for both,” Domenicali said. “This is really crucial.

“We are proud, and this is not me, we are proud as F1 because we are looking ahead. We are putting the foundations for an incredible future of F1. And this is a milestone that we all wanted.

“Just last night, when we shared the information with all the team, everyone was really: ‘Wow, that’s the right way to go, this is really where we should be.’ So this is really the direction we’re going to take for a great future for F1.”

Domenicali also talked about the calendar for the upcoming seasons; as Africa and Vietnam are still a possibility, the CEO stated that they have to be realistic about the number of events, meaning any European track could fall off the calendar should a new venue be introduced.

“I think it is a possibility because we need to be realistic – we cannot have 52 weekends in F1,” Domenicali said.

“But the good thing is that we have a lot of interest that will enable us to create unique events, with the right value.

“And we’re going to mix the strategic need for F1 to develop in certain countries with the historical places where we know that F1 should stay. So that’s the beauty of having this many opportunities in front of us.”

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