A second major race day is coming to the United States, with Formula 1 officially announcing the Miami Grand Prix has been added to the race schedule for the 2022 season. After years of rumours and lobbying, the F1 chiefs finally confirmed the details of the new event, which promises to take the iconic performance motorsport to one of the country’s most picturesque driving regions.
The new 10-year Maimi Grand Prix deal sees the event take place around the Hard Rock Stadium in a 5.41-kilometre track built specifically for the race. The 19-turn configuration runs on the land around the home of the Maimi Dolphins NFL team and has a blend of tight corners and high-speed sections. The original plans from 2020 suggested the race be held in the Port Maimi area, however, the decision was abandoned until the Hard Rock project was initiated.
“We are grateful to our fans, the Miami Gardens elected officials and the local tourism industry for their patience and support throughout this process,” he said. “We are looking forward to bringing the greatest racing spectacle on the planet to Miami for the first time in our sport’s history.”
While no official date has been set for the 2022 Maimi Grand Prix, the event is very much dependent on the plans for the initial United States Grand Prix in Austin. The event regularly takes place in the autumn, so logistically, it would make sense to follow that with the Maimi race, however, F1 could also opt to split the races into separate parts of the year to boost the appeal of the sport, a theory that Domenicali backed up. The F1 CEO confirmed that a second race in America would be a boost in helping drive up audience figures.
“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,” F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali 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.”
According to the organisers, the F1 and the Miami race promoter will be working closely with the local community to ensure that residents get discounted tickets. Additionally, the sporting organisation has confirmed that there will be a further programme to support local businesses.
“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,” race promoter Tom Garfinkel 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.”