Stefano Domenicali says the announcement of the Miami Grand Prix from 2022 will start setting the base for an “incredible future” for Formula 1.
The new race will add a second American grand prix to the calendar alongside the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, with Miami signing a 10-year deal to host a round of the World Championship.
“We are proud as Formula 1 because at this moment, above all, after a difficult 2020, the challenge in 2021 is to look ahead and to build the foundations for an incredible future for F1,” said Domenicali, via GPFans. “This is a milestone we all wanted.
“When we shared the information with all the teams, everyone was like ‘Wow! That’s the right way to go. This is where we should be’. This is the direction we are going to take for a great future for Formula 1.”
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There had been significant local opposition to holding a race in Miami due to multiple concerns surrounding noise and air pollution for the city before Miami City Council voted to allow the races to go ahead after promises were made for investment in the city, alongside the construction of noise barriers surrounding the circuit.
Significant compromises were made on the part of Formula 1 to make sure the race goes ahead, moving from the initial plan of a race in the city centre to a new bespoke layout around Hard Rock Stadium – home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
“When you look for a different solution you need to look at all the elements that make everyone happy,” Domenicali added.
“[There was] a lot of discussion about the layout, but I’m sure the track you are going to see around the Hard Rock Stadium and Miami Gardens will be fantastic.
“We have built up something spectacular and you will see Miami because we are in Miami.
“For F1, we wanted to be integrated, so there will be business opportunities for everyone, just to take the opportunity to go into the culture of Miami, with the people, with the schools, with the people living close to the track.
“This is something that gives added value to the cultural meaning of what Formula 1 is.”