Formula 1 cars will be racing in Miami next year after the sport announced a 10-year deal to host a Miami Grand Prix starting in 2022.
The long-awaited race takes place on a new 3.36-mile track that winds around Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
The track will have 19 turns and three long straights, with cars expected to reach top speeds of 198 mph.
The exact date of the race will be set at a later date, but F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali confirmed that the event will take place in the second quarter of the year before the summer break in August.
This means that F1 will avoid back-to-back races in the US by separating the Miami Grand Prix from the US Grand Prix, which traditionally takes place in the last quarter of the season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. This year’s race in Austin takes place on October 24th.
“We’ll keep them separate to create the right space for both of them,” said Domenicali on Sunday. “That is really crucial.”
F1 has been working on bringing a race to Miami for a number of years, initially hoping to be racing in Biscayne Bay and Bayfront Park as early as 2019 before local opposition blocked the idea.
Working with the owner of the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross, F1 targeted a race in the countryside around Hard Rock Stadium, but still encountered opposition from local residents and politicians.
City councils finally voted in favor of the idea Thursday after a service package for Miami Gardens was included as part of the deal.
An allocation of discounted tickets will be provided to Miami Gardens residents and a $ 5 million support program has been agreed for local businesses and the community, including a STEM education program for local schools.
In addition, as part of a memorandum of understanding between the organizer and the city, it was agreed that “no part of the proposed route may use Northwest 199th Street or NW 27th Avenue and that no races may start before 2:30 pm (ET) on a school day “as well as ensuring that no session starts after sunset.
Miami will be the 11th Formula 1 race venue in the US and is expected to compete in the existing US Grand Prix in 2022, provided the Austin race extends its contract for next year as expected.
“We are pleased to announce that Formula 1 will be racing in Miami from 2022,” said Domenicali. “The US is an important growth market for us and we are very encouraged by our growing reach in the US, which is further supported by this exciting second race.
“We will work closely with the Hard Rock Stadium team and the FIA to ensure the track delivers sensational races but also makes a positive and lasting contribution to the people in the local community.”
Tom Garfinkel, Managing Partner of the Miami Grand Prix added, “The entertainment campus at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens is home to the largest global events that benefit the entire Miami area, and that’s what Formula 1 races are like bigger than ever.
“We have worked with specialist designers to create a circuit that we, Formula 1 and the FIA believe will be great racing, and we hope to create world-class, one-of-a-kind fan experiences that are diverse and Reflect the dynamism of Miami. “