Formula 1 formally announces return to Florida with Miami Grand Prix
First race of a 10 year deal
What had been widely known for weeks was formally announced Sunday: F1 will head to Florida next season with the running of the Miami Grand Prix.
It will mark the first time F1 has raced in Florida since 1959. The race will be held on a new layout surrounding the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami Gardens, home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Miami Gardens is just north of the city proper.
The purpose build circuit will be 3.36 miles featuring 19 corners, three straights and potential for three DRS zones, with an estimated top speed of 198 mph and will wrap around Hard Rock Stadium a venue which has hosted six Super Bowls, two Baseball World Series and numerous rock concerts.
The exact date has not been confirmed but the race will be the first of a 10-year agreement. With the Circuit of The Americas race in Austin, there will now be two F1 races in America. The Miami race is the 11th in the states for F1. Other venues in the past included Indianapolis, Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, and Phoenix.
“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing in Miami beginning in 2022,” said Stefano Domenicali, President & CEO of Formula 1 in a press release.
“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.”
The county and city governments had approved the deal last week.
“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,” Tom Garfinkel, Vice-Chairman, President & CEO, Hard Rock Stadium 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.
“I want to thank Formula 1 and the Miami Gardens and Miami Dade County elected officials for working to bring this hugely impactful event here for years to come.”