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Lewis Hamilton backs New York night race plans

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Lewis Hamilton has backed apparent plans for a Formula 1 night race in New York.

Recently, F1 chairman Chase Carey said an event in New York is a priority.

“In New York, it would be really cool,” triple world champion Lewis Hamilton said in Russia. “We definitely need two grands prix in the United States. It would be incredible — it’s a stunning city. New Jersey would be a great backdrop for the grand prix.

“Whether it’s a night race, I think even the day it would be good, or the evening — the sunsets are stunning, and with New York in the background, it would be so cool.”

A location for the hypothetical race hasn’t been decided.

This isn’t the first time the New York market has been the talk of Formula 1. In 2011, the Grand Prix of America was proposed for the Weehawken Port Imperial district in New Jersey, overlooking the New York City skyline.

The New York race was even listed on the 2013 F1 schedule before funding issues caused then-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to remove the race from the slate. The race again made the preliminary F1 schedule for 2014 before organizers again failed to secure necessary funding.


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