Stefano Domenicali has refused to rule out a third American race being added to the Formula 1 calendar in the future.
After going five years without one, the United States Grand Prix returned to the schedule in 2012, taking place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, and has remained on the calendar as the country’s sole event since then.
However, that will soon change with it being announced that a race in Miami is to take place for 10 years at the least starting in 2022.
“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing in Miami beginning in 2022,” Domenicali, president and CEO of the sport, said in the announcement.
“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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Having a second race in the US is part of F1’s efforts to become bigger and more popular in North America going forward, and many feel that more could follow.
Domenicali is refusing to rule that out.
“America has given us a lot of opportunities, a lot of interest but we do believe the right approach, after one Grand Prix, is to have a second,” the former Ferrari boss said as per GPFans.
“There will be a lot of opportunities in the future, never say never, but that’s what we’re going to do in the short term.
“We’ve always said the US is a very important area where we need to develop our business. There are a lot of opportunities to catch. Having two races in the US means we are taking the right direction for our strategy for the future.”
He also confirmed that the races in Austin and Miami will always take place at different times of the year.
“We will keep them separate, in order to keep the right space for both, and this is really crucial,” he added.