After a hiatus of more than sixty years, Formula 1 is making a comeback in Florida. This was announced by Stefano Domenicali, Formula 1 President. A ten-season contract has been signed.
No exact date has been set yet, but according to Dominicali, the Grand Prix will begin in Miami in the second quarter of next year. For the game, an entirely new track will be designed at the site of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, which is also home to the Miami Dolphins’ football franchise.
Hard Rock Stadium
The circuit will be 5.41 kilometers in length, with nineteen turns and potential for three DRS regions. The maximum speed of 320 kilometers per hour should be possible on the track. Hard Rock Stadium – a multi-purpose sports and entertainment center – will be the heart of the new arena.
Miami will be the 11th location in the United States to host Formula 1 since the competition began more than 70 years ago. After all, the event has previously been guests in Indianapolis, Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix, and Austin.
In Florida, Formula 1 was previously active at Sebring International Raceway, a former US Air Force airport. This race was won by Bruce McLaren at Cooper-Peak.
The arrival of Formula 1 in Miami has long been uncertain. After all, the race was met with frequent opposition from locals and local politicians. Ultimately, the competition won the approval of the city council, but it was only after a package of benefits for the local economy had been put in place and a number of promises were made to reduce the inconvenience the organization was subjected to.
“The race will provide an additional boost to local tourism and will also generate a strong economic injection in the greater region,” organizers say. “In addition, necessary initiatives will be taken to ensure that Miami Park residents can purchase race tickets on favorable terms, so that they can personally experience the event.”
Local companies will also have the opportunity to participate in race weekends. In cooperation with Formula 1, efforts will also be made to develop an educational program to advance engineering, technology and science.
The agreement means Formula 1 will operate at two locations in the United States next year. After all, there’s also the race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin (Texas). “The United States is an important growth market for Formula 1,” says Stefano Domenicali.
He notes that racing in the United States could count on a growing audience. However, Formula 1 must compete with two local competitors – Nascar and IndyCar – who can count on the immense popularity in the United States. Furthermore, there is currently not a single American driver active in Formula 1.