The addition of a Miami Grand Prix to the Formula 1 calendar from 2022 represents an important milestone – and a significant degree of face saving – for commercial rights holder Liberty Media. The US corporation has finally clinched a deal with a host city it targeted as a priority following its succession from the Bernie Ecclestone era in 2017, only to lose the Florida location after an initial project hit resistance from politicians and residents.
Now, instead of a track based in the city’s bay area, a 19-corner, 3.36-mile layout has been created around the Hard Rock Stadium, home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. A date has yet to be confirmed, but the race is likely to run in spring rather than as a double-header with the autumn US GP in Austin, Texas.
The Miami street circuit will be the 11th venue to host an F1 round since 1950 and marks a throwback to the ’70s and ’80s, when the US regularly hosted two grands prix a year.