The Miami International Autodrome will host the first Miami Grand Prix in May 2022.
The city has previously played host to IndyCar and Formula E rounds, and the Homestead oval is a fixture on the NASCAR schedule. However the Miami promoters’ plans to bring Formula 1 to the area was met with significant local opposition.
Efforts to situate the race downtown, overlooking the waterfront, were repeatedly frustrated. Several different track configurations were mooted, including one which passed through the PortMiami tunnel, another around the AmericanAirlines Arena, a version which looped around Bayfront Park and one which ventured further into PortMiami. But by 2019 local opposition had killed off hopes of a downtown race.
The promoters’ focus instead switched 20 kilometres north to the Hard Rock Stadium, owned by Stephen Ross, who agreed to fund construction of a track. A 5.4 kilometre circuit was laid out using the car park and surrounding roads, and a deal to host a race in 2022 was announced in April 2021.
Miami will join the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas as one of two American venues on the current calendar. F1 has raced at nine other venues in the USA since the world championship began in 1950.
|Lap length||5.41km (3.362 miles)|
|Race distance||308.37km (191.612 miles)|
|Pole position||Left-hand side of the track|
|Lap record*||1’33.361 (Max Verstappen, 2022)|
|Fastest lap||1’28.796 (Charles Leclerc, 2022, qualifying three)|
|DRS zone one||Detection: 90m after turn 8|
Activation: 105m after turn 9
|DRS zone two||Detection: 70m after turn 16|
Activation: 525m after turn 16
|DRS zone three||Detection: 15m after turn 17|
Activation: On turn 19 apex
|Tyre compounds||C2, C3, C4|
*Fastest lap set during a grand prix
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