The Miami Grand Prix will likely be added to the F1 calendar from 2022 underneath a 10-year contract
MIAMI – There will be two Formula 1 races in the USA next year. The new Miami Grand Prix will be added to the calendar from 2022.
Next year’s race is the first in a 10-year contract and will be run in addition to the existing Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
“We are pleased to announce that Formula 1 will drive in Miami from 2022,” said F1 boss Stefano Domenicali on Sunday.
“The US is an important growth market for us and we are very encouraged by our growing reach in the US, which is further supported by this exciting second race.”
The exact date of the race has yet to be confirmed, but Domenicali said it would be in “the second quarter of next year”.
It will be the first F1 race in Miami and the first in Florida since 1959. It will take place on a new racetrack in the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami Gardens, home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
“It’s always interesting to go to a new place that we’ve never driven before and Miami is a great city,” said Red Bull driver Max Verstappen shortly before winning the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday . “I’m sure if they build a good track we can have a lot of fun out there and hopefully bring a lot of excitement.
“I’m always happy to be in America. It makes you feel like anything is possible so I’m just excited to go there.”
Stephen Ross, the owner of the Dolphins, turned his stadium into a multi-sports venue. The home of the Dolphins, the University of Miami, and the Orange Bowl hosted Super Bowls and national college football championships. It is also home to soccer and became the home of the Miami Open tennis tournament in 2019.
Ross had been looking for a Formula 1 race in Miami for almost three years.
The track itself will be 5.41 kilometers long with 19 corners and three straights with an estimated top speed of 320 km / h. Hard Rock Stadium is in the heart of the track.
“We’ve worked with specialist designers to create a circuit that we, Formula 1 and the FIA believe will be great racing, and we hope to create world-class, one-of-a-kind fan experiences that showcase diversity and Reflect the dynamism of Miami. ” said Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman, president and CEO of Hard Rock Stadium. “When we looked at the Hard Rock website, we basically had a blank sheet of paper to work with designers, work with Formula 1, and put together a circuit that is dynamic.”
Miami is the 11th location in the USA where an F1 race has been held since the championship began in 1950. There was an Austin Grand Prix in Indianapolis, Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix.
However, there is still no American driver who could support the future development of the F1 in the US as it competes against NASCAR and IndyCar.
“Of course that’s helpful, I don’t think it’s critical (to have an American driver),” said Garfinkel. “These cars, the technology, the racing itself. I think there is no better form of racing in the world and we’re excited to bring that to Miami.
Garfinkel hopes seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is there to enjoy the experience. His Mercedes contract expires at the end of this year and he has not yet committed to staying in F1.
“Lewis Hamilton is one of the greatest racing drivers who ever lived. We would of course like to let him drive in Miami,” said Garfinkel.
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