Today’s Formula 1 season consists of 21 races (as well as in 2016) – the maximum number of races the championship has ever had as German and French Grand Prix returned to the calendar. It should be mentioned that increasing the number of races means increasing the pressure: the teams have to reform their logistic schemes, taking in account double race weekends and new destinations. However, the possibility of some new Grand Prix to be included in the list has been discussed by the bosses during the past few years.
Dutch Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen’s success in Red Bull made a huge impact on F1’s fans base, the oceans of orange-dressed ones sitting on the grandstands aren’t an unusual thing now. This fact, therefore, led to the next step – promoting of the Dutch Grand Prix, which has been suggested to hold on either the streets of Amsterdam or Rotterdam.
A bit later, the rumors about the fact that Zandvoort can also host the race began to spread, as it was the circuit where the Dutch Grand Prix was held from 1948 up to 1985 (with several exceptions). Back in 2017 the town council and track owners planned to form a consortium to build support and look for investors to make F1 return to Zandvoort again.
Another track that has an opportunity to host the race is the Assen circuit. Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has inspected the track in January this year, in December a computer simulation already indicated that the circuit met the Grade 1 safety requirements set by the FIA in terms of track layout and width, as Eurosport has reported.
Later this year a new company called the Netherlands Grand Prix Foundation, led by former Assen TT chairman Jos Vaessen, has been given the mandate by Assen to sort out an agreement with Liberty Media.
Moreover, yesterday, on August 18, the petition in support of the Dutch Grand Prix appeared on the web and it’s already more than 35,000 people who have signed it.
Miami Grand Prix.
Yet another Grand Prix that could have taken place in 2019 was Miami GP. Unlike the Dutch one, the decision on Miami has been made already – Formula 1 has abandoned plans to hold a Grand Prix in Miami in October 2019 and postponed the debut until the season of 2020.
F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches highlighted in his statement that the "time had run out to deliver the best possible wheel-to-wheel racing experience" in 2019.
“At every stage of this process we’ve enjoyed positive collaboration and co-operation with the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Port of Miami, Bayfront Parks Management, residents and businesses. As a result of these discussions, we have listened and adapted our plans, including elements of the track layout.
“We are committed to expansion in the US and to Miami in particular and we will be bringing our fantastic sport to this iconic city in October with the Formula 1 fan festival, where we look forward to engaging and exciting fans.” he also added.