As Will Smith’s backing singers cooed approach again in 1997, “Bienvenidos a Miami.”
The 2021 Components 1 season might barely be at its midway level, however planning for subsequent yr is already properly beneath approach. And one of many greatest days on the upcoming calendar would be the championship’s first-ever race in Miami.
Months after asserting that there would lastly be a Miami Grand Prix, Components 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that, barring additional pandemic-related issues, the race will probably be held subsequent Could, in accordance with Planet F1. The race will probably be one in every of two held within the US subsequent yr, together with the USA Grand Prix held in Austin, Texas, and the primary held within the Sunshine state since 1959.
“We will affirm that the much-anticipated Miami Grand Prix will occur within the first half of Could, and demand for tickets is excessive, regardless that gross sales haven’t formally began,” the manager stated throughout a latest investor name.
The newest addition to the Components 1 calendar gained’t be a one-off occasion. Components 1 has entered right into a 10-year contract with race organizers, the group introduced in April. The race will probably be held on a brand-new, semi-permanent course constructed on the website of the Onerous Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the house of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. The circuit will cowl 3.36 miles, characteristic good curves and high speeds ought to hover within the 200-mph zone, according to race organizers.
— F1 Miami Grand Prix (@f1miami) August 3, 2021
Though the total 2022 Components 1 race calendar gained’t be launched till the autumn, it’s believed that the Miami Grand Prix will happen throughout the identical month because the competitors’s crown jewel, the Monaco Grand Prix. As of now, it’s additionally unclear if the brand new race will simply be an addition to the schedule or if it would supplant an current race just like the Turkish, Japanese or Brazilian Grand Prixs, all of which may very well be candidates for alternative, in accordance with Planet F1.
Whichever it’s, Miami will probably be simply the eleventh location to host a Components 1 race within the US. Together with Austin, different areas embody Indianapolis; Sebring, Florida (which hosted the state’s solely different F1 race in 1959), Riverside, California; Watkins Glen, New York; Lengthy Seaside, California; Las Vegas; Detroit; Dallas and Phoenix.
Even when the competitors decides to go away Austin after subsequent season when its contract runs out, American Components 1 followers gained’t have to fret about leaving the nation for racing motion for years to return.