The Florida event adds a fourth North American Grand Prix to the current F1 calendar
By Yuri Coghe
All the eyes were on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend, but Sunday also brought a highly anticipated announcement to Formula 1 fans.
Miami will hold a race for ten years starting from 2022, F1 confirmed on Sunday. The Florida event will add a fourth North American Grand Prix to the current calendar, which includes The Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, the Austin Grand Prix in Texas and the Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City.
The Miami Grand Prix will be held in the second quarter of the year and take place in a 5.41km long street circuit. It will have an expected average speed of 223km/h or 138mph and a top speed of 320km/h or 198mph.
No less than 36 different layouts were simulated before designers decided on the 19-turn final layout that promises to deliver plenty of overtaking opportunities. F1 said it’ll have a “street circuit vibe” but “the layout will be more akin to a permanent circuit”, given that it’s predominantly flat with small undulations to the land added by designers.
The new track will sit next to the Hard Rock Stadium complex, home of the NFL franchise the Miami Dolphins. The location has served as the stage for six Super Bowls over the years, with the 2020 LIV edition featuring the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansa City Chiefs being the latest.
Two baseball World Series have also been played at the venue, with the Florida Marlins clinching both titles in 1997 and 2003. The complex has also been home to the Miami Open tennis tournament since 2019.
F1’s announcement puts a successful end to Liberty Media’s mission to add a street circuit to a US postcard city since acquiring Formula 1 in late 2016.
“The USA is a key growth market for us, and we are greatly encouraged by our growing reach in the US which will be further supported by this exciting second race,” said F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali. “We are looking forward to bringing the greatest racing spectacle on the planet to Miami for the first time in our sport’s history.”
Florida has held a single Formula 1 race in the past, welcoming the 1959 United States Grand Prix at the Sebring International Raceway. Other than Sebring and now Miami, nine United States cities have received F1 races (Indianapolis, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Austin).
Organizers said they plan to use the Hard Rock Stadium structures to accommodate both spectators and facilities. “The Hard Rock Stadium exists to host the biggest global events to benefit the entire greater Miami region and Formula 1 racing is as big as it gets,” said Tom Garfinkel, Hard Rock Stadium Vice-Chairman, President & CEO.
“We have worked with specialist designers to create a racetrack that we, Formula 1 and the FIA believe will provide great racing and we hope to create best-in-class unique fan experiences that are reflective of the diverse and dynamic nature of Miami,” Garfinkel said.