Miami to throb with Formula 1 spectacle


Miami will join F1 calendar in 2022 with new track Image: Hard Rock Stadium

With the spanking new Miami Grand Prix all set to join the F1 calendar in 2022, Formula 1 is heading back to Florida (US).

‘Formula 1’ stated that the race – set to be the first since 1959 in the US State – will be held on an exciting new layout at the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami Gardens, residence of the National Football League’s (NFL’s) famous Miami Dolphins franchise.

Formula One is the highest class of international auto racing for single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile.

The Miami Grand Prix is a planned Formula One Grand Prix, due to form part of the 2022 Formula One World Championship, with the event to take place at the Hard Rock Stadium Circuit on a 10-year contract.

The 65,326-capacity Hard Rock Stadium is a multipurpose stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida, a City North of Miami (US). It is the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL).

‘Formula 1’ further stated that although the exact date of the race is yet to be confirmed, F1 President Stefano Domenicali said he expects the first race in a 10-year deal to take place in the second quarter of 2022.

The circuit per se will be 5.41 km, and will feature 19 corners, three straights and potential for three DRS zones, with an estimated top speed of 320km/h.

Hard Rock Stadium – a multiuse sports and entertainment hub which has hosted six Super Bowls, two Baseball World Series and numerous rock concerts – will sit at the heart of the track, which has been designed to encourage close racing while meeting the highest safety standards.

In Formula 1 DRS is known as ‘Drag Reduction System’ and is a tool used by drivers to increase their top speed, which promotes more overtaking and, therefore, more entertaining races.

Miami will be the 11th location Formula 1 has raced at in the United States since the Championship began in 1950, following Indianapolis, Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix, and Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

The race will provide an additional tourist boost and economic impact to local businesses in the greater Miami region and Formula 1 and the promoter will be working closely with the local community to ensure an allotment of discounted tickets for Miami Gardens residents, ensuring they have the opportunity to experience the thrill of the sport in the real sense of the term.

Additionally, there will be a program to support local businesses and the community to ensure they get the full benefits of the race being in Miami Gardens, including a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education program through F1 in schools as well as the opportunity for local businesses to be part of the race weekend.

Enthused Stefano Domenicali, President-cum-CEO, Formula 1, “We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing in Miami beginning in 2022. The USA is a key growth market for us, and we are greatly encouraged by our growing reach in the United States 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.”

The head honcho added, “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.”

Tom Garfinkel, Vice-Chairman, President-cum-CEO, 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 race track 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.”

He concluded by stating, “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.”

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