Ready-made glitz will welcome F1 to first Miami Grand Prix

Hopefully there will be no porpoising as Formula 1 finally arrives in Miami, with a circuit centred around the Dolphins stadium

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Miami Grand Prix May 7-9

Is this the future of Formula 1? Liberty Media has long pined for a race to be held in Miami since taking over ownership of the series back in 2017, but after five years of trying, it finally has its wish.

Added to the calendar as part of its F1-breaks-America assault, the Grand Prix will run around the surrounding area of the Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium.

While the bulk of the circuit is only temporary, purpose-built sections of track have been created to provide a more permanent feel to the event.

Miami GP start

It has been surrounded by a plethora of VIP and Paddock Club grandstands, with fan areas and stands dotted around what is an impressive locale. It’s said that if you were to walk around the top deck of the Hard Rock Stadium, you could see every section of the track, though organisers reckon Turns 1, 11 and 17 are prime spots.

That’s not to mention the crane-lifted yachts that will sit in a man-made pool disguised as a marina to offer an even greater impression of glitz and glamour – a sort of Monaco across the pond.

The circuit totals 3.3 miles in length and features 19 corners, the majority of which are fast sweeps that mean top speeds just shy of 200mph are expected.

Said to be similar in its layout to Melbourne’s Albert Park, the Miami International Autodrome will be the 11th US venue to host a race on the F1 calendar.

The Miami Grand Prix will be the fifth round of the 2022 season in which Ferrari and Red Bull look set to battle it out as Mercedes scrambles to catch up.

At the time of writing, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen appear to be early title contenders, but Carlos Sainz will be desperate to stake his claim sooner rather than later. The Red Bull driver is the most recent winner on American soil, though – at Austin last October.

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