After many years of negotiations, Miami’s city council approved the plan to hold a Formula One Grand Prix in Florida’s city.
On Sunday, Tom Garfinkel, Managing Partner of the new Miami Grand Prix, and Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1, made it official.
The Grand Prix is set to join the series calendar from 2022 onwards; the venue will take place in Miami Gardens City, located 16 miles north of Downtown Miami.
“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing in Miami beginning in 2022,” said Domenicali.
The 19-turn track spans 5.41km (3.36 miles), featuring three long straights, will race around the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL team, the Miami Dolphins.
The agreement voted by city councilors on Thursday includes a benefits package.
A STEM education program through F1 in School, paid internships for Miami Gardens students, $5MM to the City of Miami Gardens for the community benefits program, and discounted tickets for its residents, are among the benefits established.
“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,” outlined the Formula One CEO.
Albeit a date has not been confirmed yet, according to Domenicali, the event would take place in the “second quarter of next year”.
Tom Garfinkel, Vice-Chairman, President & CEO, Hard Rock Stadium, remarked: “We have worked with specialist designers to create a racetrack 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.”
According to Formula One, the construction project is 100% privately funded.
The pinnacle of motorsport already features a Grand Prix on American soil, the United States GP at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
The 18th round of the 2021 Formula One season takes place on October 24.
Over the years, Formula One has visited other cities in the country, such as Watkins Glen in upstate New York, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Long Beach, and Riverside (both in California), Indianapolis (road circuit), Detroit and Sebring (also in Florida).
The intended proposal to race in Downtown Miami in 2019 - around the home of the NBA team Miami Heat before passing along a bridge over Port Boulevard - faced the opposition of the local community and local politicians stopping the plans.
But the idea revived with the introduction of a potential location and a new track layout.
After many years of discussions over holding a race in the city, Miami Gardens’ proposal was the one to succeed.