Formula 1 has officially announced a 10-year deal to start hosting a second race in the US – the Miami Grand Prix – from 2022 and beyond.
The Miami Grand Prix will be held at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock stadium, where a brand-new 5.41km, 19 corner track will be built for the 20 drivers to tackle from next season.
The announcement marks the end of an incredibly long battle trying to add a second US race in Miami, with fierce local opposition proving to be a major obstacle for Formula 1.
However the final hurdle was recently jumped after the Miami City council passed a vote for the race to take place on the understanding that Formula 1 will adhere to a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’.
“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing in Miami beginning in 2022,” said Stefano Domenicali, president and CEO of Formula 1.
“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.”
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Tom Garfinkel, vice-chairman, President and CEO of Hard Rock Stadium, added: “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.
“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.”