The United States looks set to host two Grand Prix from 2022 after it was confirmed that a street circuit in Miami will join the calendar on a ten-year deal.
The FIA and Liberty Media have long been in conversation with city officials in Miami about bringing Formula 1 to Florida, and after the final hurdles were crossed the race has now officially joined the schedule.
America already has a race at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, which usually takes place in the autumn, but Miami is set to race in the second quarter of the season, perhaps as part of a double header involving the Canadian Grand Prix.
Stefano Domenicali, the President and CEO of Formula 1, has welcomed the news that Miami will finally join the calendar next year, and he believes the nineteen-turn street circuit will offer a great spectacle to the fans.
“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing in Miami beginning in 2022,” said Domenicali. “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.”
Tom Garfinkel, the Vice-Chairman, President and CEO of the Hard Rock Stadium that the track will surround, expects great racing on-track and great experiences off-track when Miami hosts its first race next year.
“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,” said Garfinkel.
“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.”