The 2022 Formula 1 season will feature the championship’s first ever race in Miami Gardens, the series has announced, as part of a new 10-year deal.
A second American round of the world championship, to be held in the country’s seventh-largest city, has been a top target of F1 owners Liberty Media since they took control of the sport in 2017. But plans for a race in Miami have faced significant local opposition.
F1 cleared the final obstacle to the race’s approval earlier this week when the city council passed the resolution which determined under a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ of what F1 will do in order for the event to go ahead.
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said he was “thrilled” to finally confirm the race. “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,” he said.
F1 has raced at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas since 2012, although the race wasn’t held last year due to the pandemic.
“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,” Domenicali added.
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“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.”
No date has been announced for the race, however for logistical reasons it is likely to take a slot alongside other North American rounds. This could be the existing US race late in the season, or the Canadian Grand Prix, which is usually held in June. A previous plan to hold the race this year, one of many failed bids to get the event off the ground, targeted a May date.
While this will be F1’s first visit to Miami, the city has a history of holding races for single-seaters and top-level prototype sportscars. Sam Hornish Jnr won the race twice when it featured on the IndyCar calendar. Geoff Brabham, son of F1 world champion Jack Brabham, won the equivalent sportscar race on four occasions.
During the proposals for the F1 race, which first began in 2018, initial circuits designs incorporated parts of the former GP of Miami venues as well as the track used for Formula E’s 2015 Miami EPrix. The city council blocked those early plans, however, leading the event to be relocated to the Hard Rock Stadium.
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