This is a track analysis video of the proposed New York City/New Jersey Formula 1 Grand Prix. Watch it, read the little commentary on the side and find out why I don’t think this will work.
I know the area of the proposed track location very well. I lived in the next town over, Edgewater, for years. The location of the track is an area just north of the Lincoln Tunnel, near the Weehawken Ferry Terminal. Currently, most of that area consists of a parking lot and some really busy street. Here is why I don’t think the NYC/NJ F1 Grand Prix will never happen:
- Traffic – the area of River Road, which tuns into Port Imperial Boulevard, is packed with traffic on any given day. Not only is this is the only road leading to the ferry terminal, it is also a connector to the Lincoln Tunnel and the city of Hoboken.
- Hotels – There are no hotels in Weehawken, at least not anywhere near the proposed track.
- Logistics – How do you bring thousands of fans to this track? Via 400-passenger ferry? Maybe. Buses from New york City? Nope, as the track is the road. Nearest airport in is Newark, 30 minutes away without traffic.
- Logistics 2 – Multiple municipalities, quasi-government organizations such as NJ Transit, ferry company, and many others would need to agree to a lot of things. It’s possible but a lot of money would need to be thrown at them or it would take a long time.
- Towns – the small towns surrounding the location of the track are very densely populated. Not only that, the buildings shown in this video consist of over-priced “luxury condos” and I doubt that the people who live there will want much to do with a race like this.
- Population density – condo living, roads which are already inadequate, lots of people…
- Track stuff – pits, garages, and grand stands, I don’t even where these would go, sidewalks? Food bathrooms, that’s easy. Parking, access to all of these, not so much.
- There is one small hospital nearby, right across the street from a fantastic gas station.
Hey, I want to see this happen but I’m a bit skeptical. I’ve been going to Montreal for the last few years but this is a lot more convenient for me. Sadly, I just don’t see this being realistic.