Formula 1 will officially have two races in the United States from 2022 with the long-awaited Miami Grand Prix added to the calendar in a 10-year deal.
The race will take place at a new circuit in the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami Gardens, which is home to the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins.
The exact date of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix has yet to be confirmed, but Formula 1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali said it would be in the “second quarter of next year.”
“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing in Miami beginning in 2022,” Domenicali said. “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.”
A Miami Grand Prix has been in the pipeline ever since the sport was acquired by the American conglomerate Liberty Media in 2017.
The event, however, has had to overcome a number of setbacks and delays – with local residents particularly concerned about noise and air pollution – before being finally given the green light.
It will be second Formula 1 race to be staged in the US alongside the United States Grand Prix at The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, which has been a fixture on the calendar since 2012.
Miami will also be the 11th location Formula 1 has raced at in the US since the championship began in 1950, following Indianapolis, Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix, and Circuit of The Americas.
“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,” said Tom Garfinkel, Hard Rock Stadium vice chairman, president, and chief executive.
The Austin and Miami races will deliberately not be staged back-to-back, it was announced.
“We will keep them separate, in order to give the right space for both,” Domenicali said. “This is really crucial.”
It is also the latest major sporting event at Hard Rock Stadium, alongside the Miami Open tennis event and international soccer matches.
Hard Rock Stadium and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, the billionaire real estate mogul, will fund construction of the track and cover race costs.