By: KAYLA McDONALD
During Formula Ones second grand prix of the year, at the Emilia-Romagna race track in Italy, it was announced that F1 had signed a 10 year contract for a Miami grand prix with the first race at the track due to take place in 2022. F1 posted on Instagram “We’re going to Miami! Starting in 2022, F1 has signed a 10-year deal to race at a circuit around Miami’s iconic Hard Rock Stadium.” The news was not taken well with Formula One fans with some saying it’s “Another hopeless track” while some expressed that it was a money grab.
The new circuit in Miami is the second race to take place in the USA with the only other American race taking place at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Since 2012 the race has been held every year in Austin with the exception of the 2020 race year which had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium will be the host arena for the F1 track, with the track itself due to be placed around the stadium making it different from a typical circuit. The circuit will be 5.41 km (3.36 miles) long and consist of 19 corners, 3 straights, with a potential top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph).
Although the race has been seen as a money grab, many argue that it is a smart business investment. The race is in the heart of Miami which will provide an additional tourist boost and economic impact to local businesses within the region. F1 president, Stefano Domenicali, is working hard to ensure that residents within the Miami region will get a discount on tickets so that they can “have the opportunity to experience the thrill of the sport.” With mixed reactions of the new American race, fans are excited to see more opportunity for their favorite drivers to race for the title of World Champion.