Miami will host an F1 Grand Prix in 2022 after the long-running project has finally been confirmed on the F1 calendar.
F1 has signed a 10-year deal at the street circuit, which will be in Miami Gardens and feature the Hard Rock Stadium, becoming the eleventh American circuit to have hosted an F1 race.
The Circuit of the Americas’ contract is up at this year, but this announcement is marketed as the Miami Grand Prix, leaving the door open for CotA to return as the American GP.
The circuit’s based around Hard Rock Stadium – home to the Miami Dolphins NFL team and host of the 2020 Super Bowl – and has a similar feel to the planned Vietnam Grand Prix.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “The US 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,” he said.
“We will be working closely with the team from Hard Rock Stadium and the FIA to ensure the circuit delivers sensational racing but also leaves a positive and lasting contribution for the people in the local community.
Originally the race was set to debut on the 2019 calendar with a circuit in downtown Miami, but that was denied by the county council. Plans were then made for a 2021 race in Miami Gardens, but these again fell through and the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah took that spot on the schedule.
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However, this announcement is a step further than any of those proposals reached – a formal announcement from F1 that the city will host a race next year.
Domenicali added: “We are grateful to our fans, the Miami Gardens elected officials and the local tourism industry for their patience and support throughout this process.
“We are looking forward to bringing the greatest racing spectacle on the planet to Miami for the first time in our sport’s history.”
The city hosted a Formula E race in 2015 won by Nico Prost, and is home to the Dolphins alongside major basketball, baseball, ice hockey and football teams.
While this announcement is a big step forward for the race, nothing can be taken for granted until the weekend itself – Vietnam was confirmed on the calendar for last year but had to be cancelled, and it appears doubtful that it will reappear on the schedule.
Of the current grid, Lewis Hamilton has had the most success in America – he took his second career Grand Prix win at Indianapolis in 2007, and has won five times in Austin including the first race there in 2012, and four successive victories there from 2014 to 2017.
He’s won six of the last nine F1 races in America with Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen, and Valtteri Bottas the others to have tasted success.
Race promoter Tom Garfinkel said: “The Hard Rock stadium entertainment campus in Miami Gardens exists to host the biggest global events to benefit the entire greater Miami region and Formula 1 racing is as big as it gets,” he said.
“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.”