Formula 1 has announced that the Miami Grand Prix will join the calendar next year. The race will take place around the Hard Rock Stadium.
After years of speculation, Formula 1 has finally agreed a deal to race in Miami. The circuit is located around the Hard Rock Stadium – home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team – in Miami Gardens, north of central Miami. The Miami Grand Prix will remain on the calendar for at least ten years. The date of the inaugural race on the 19-turn, 5.41km track is yet to be confirmed.
Confirmation of the race follows a recent city council vote which gave the final green light for the Miami Grand Prix to go ahead. In a meeting, the mayor and city council agreed on the terms on which the new Formula 1 race would be held, including details of streets which the circuit could not incorporate, time and noise restrictions and a commitment to a community benefit programme.
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said in a statement: “We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing in Miami beginning in 2022. 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. We will be working closely with the team from Hard Rock Stadium and the FIA to ensure the circuit delivers exciting racing but also leaves a positive and lasting contribution to the people in the local community. 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.”
Since taking ownership of the sport, Liberty Media has been keen to bring Formula 1 to “destination cities”. The “Miami Grand Prix” title was one of the first trademarked by the sport since Liberty’s takeover four years ago. F1 had previously planned to race in downtown Miami, but the plans were shelved in April 2019 following local opposition.
In October 2019, Formula 1 announced an agreement in principle had been reached for the Miami Grand Prix to be held in 2021. The race, however, was not included on the 2021 calendar. New Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicalli confirmed in February 2021 that plans for a race in Miami were still underway, despite the delays.
The new Miami Grand Prix deal means that there will be two races in the United States from 2022 onwards. While the Miami race will take place in May, the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas is expected to keep its usual late October slot. 1984 is the last season in which two races took place on American soil, with the Dallas and Detroit Grands Prix having been held back-to-back in the early summer. THe Miami circuit becomes the eleventh different venue to host a race in the country.
Miami is no stranger to motorsport. The first Grand Prix of Miami was held on a board track in 1926, before the facility was destroyed by a hurricane. The IndyCar series visited the Homestead–Miami Speedway, located 75km south of the new F1 track, between 1996 and 2010. More recently, Formula E held a one-off race in downtown Miami in March 2015 as part of its inaugural season. Formula 1 last raced in the state of Florida in 1959, when the United States Grand Prix was held at Sebring International Raceway, around 250km north west of Hard Rock Stadium.