Organisers of the Miami Grand Prix say that a night race for the 2024 edition of the event is an “unlikely” scenario.
Miami has a long-term future in place with the sport, with this year’s race being the second grand prix as part of a 10-year contract.
During the May event earlier this year, Miami Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel confirmed that there had been discussions with F1 over the possibility of turning the race into a nighttime event.
But the transition to a race under the lights will not happen for next year’s Miami race, which will take place on the first weekend in May.
“We’ve talked about: ‘Could we do this? Does this make sense?’” said Miami GP president Tyler Epp, as quoted by The Athletic.
“We didn’t really get too deep into the analysis because at some point, it’s, why are you doing it?
“Like, let’s make sure there’s a justifiable reason. [It’s] very unlikely we would do it for 2024. We will continue to evaluate.
“We’re always looking at ways to make the experience better.
“If we get to the place where Formula 1 says this really does work for us from a broadcast perspective, and this makes a lot of sense, certainly we’ll take a look at it.”
F1 currently has a number of nighttime events, including the Las Vegas Grand Prix, which will be held for the first time along the famous strip later this year.
However, such a decision for Miami would require increased investment to install suitable floodlights around the track.
But Epp says his primary focus is on building Miami’s identity in F1 rather than jumping on the trend of being a night race.
“Miami is our brand, and we try to bring that out with the circuit,” he added. “Vegas will be a night race as well. Singapore certainly has their spot on the calendar.
“I can’t tell you what their decisions are and why they are. For us, we’re pretty committed to being Miami, day or night.”