“We’re in the final stages of this incredible circuit that will host the first-ever Formula 1 race in Miami,” said Richard Cregan, the former head of the Abu Dhabi and Russian Grands Prix, who is now CEO of the Miami race. “We are delighted with the progress we have made and it’s a huge credit to the hard work of the team here in Miami to get this circuit finished in a tight timeline.
“We have tried to create a track that drivers love to race on and a campus that offers unique, best-in-class fan experiences; and we can’t wait for the first weekend in May to be here.”
The Miami Grand Prix — and a Las Vegas race next year, follow a surge in F1’s popularity in the United States, which saw a sellout crowd at last year’s US Grand Prix in Austin.
Both of the new American races hint at how F1 will evolve in the future, while steered by the current commercial rights owners, Liberty Media.
A fly-through conceptual video of the Miami circuit shows a venue dominated by hospitality areas, including a pool club and yachts dropped into an artificial lake, while the Las Vegas circuit incorporates a large stretch of the neon Strip; the race visible from multiple hotels along Las Vegas Boulevard.
Unlike some previous American forays, the quality of racing is said to be at the forefront of circuit design. The 19-corner Miami track is described as challenging for drivers. There are Saudi Arabian-style fast, flowing corners, and two heavy braking zones at the end of long straights.
Top speeds are predicted to be around 200mph, with cars expected to be on full throttle for 58% of the lap.
“There has been no compromise on any aspect of the circuit design or quality of construction,” said Cregan. “In my experience of working with new venues over the years, I’ve never seen as much effort on perfecting the surface of the track as we have done in Miami.”
In addition to extolling the quality of the racing surface, organisers also point to another area of Miami’s excellence: a record 14 pedestrian bridges crossing the circuit.