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Miami GP to hitch F1 calendar from 2022 in 10-year deal

IMOLA, Italy (AP) — There will likely be two Method One races in the USA subsequent yr with the brand new Miami Grand Prix added to the calendar from 2022.

Subsequent yr’s race would be the first in a 10-year deal and is along with the present grand prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Method 1 will likely be racing in Miami starting in 2022,” F1 chief government Stefano Domenicali mentioned on Sunday.

“The USA is a key progress marketplace for us, and we’re tremendously inspired by our rising attain within the US which will likely be additional supported by this thrilling second race.”

The precise date of the race has but to be confirmed however Domenicali mentioned it might be within the “second quarter of subsequent yr.”

It will likely be the first-ever F1 race in Miami and the primary in Florida since 1959. It’ll happen at a brand new circuit within the Exhausting Rock Stadium complicated in Miami Gardens, house to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

“It’s all the time fascinating to go to a brand new place the place we’ve by no means pushed earlier than and Miami is a superb metropolis,” Purple Bull driver Max Verstappen mentioned shortly earlier than profitable Sunday’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. “I’m certain in the event that they construct a superb observe, we are able to have quite a lot of enjoyable on the market and hopefully we’ll convey quite a lot of pleasure.

“I’m all the time blissful to be in America, it provides you that sort of feeling that something is feasible, so I’m simply excited to go there.”

Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross made his stadium a multi-sport venue. The house of the Dolphins, College of Miami and Orange Bowl has been the positioning of Tremendous Bowls and school nationwide championship soccer video games. It additionally hosts soccer, and in 2019 grew to become the house of the Miami Open tennis event.

Ross had sought a Method One race in Miami for almost three years.

The circuit itself will likely be 5.41 kilometers (3.36 miles) lengthy and can function 19 corners and three straights, with an estimated prime velocity of 320 kph (199 mph). Exhausting Rock Stadium will sit on the coronary heart of the observe.

“We have now labored with specialist designers to create a racetrack that we, Method 1 and the FIA imagine will present nice racing and we hope to create best-in-class distinctive fan experiences which might be reflective of the varied and dynamic nature of Miami,” mentioned Tom Garfinkel, vice-chairman, president and CEO of Exhausting Rock Stadium. “After we appeared on the Exhausting Rock website we mainly had a clean sheet paper to work (on) with designers, to work with Method One, to place collectively a race observe that’s dynamic.”

Miami would be the 11th location within the U.S. to host an F1 race for the reason that championship started in 1950. There have been grands prix in Indianapolis, Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Lengthy Seashore, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix in addition to Austin.

Nonetheless, there may be not but an American driver to assist the longer term growth of F1 within the U.S. because it competes in opposition to NASCAR and IndyCar.

“Clearly that’s useful, I don’t assume it’s important (to have an American driver),” Garfinkel mentioned. “These vehicles, the know-how, the racing itself. I feel there’s no higher type of racing on the planet and we’re thrilled to convey that to Miami.

Garfinkel hopes that seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is there to benefit from the expertise. His Mercedes contract runs out on the finish of this yr and he has not but dedicated to staying in F1.

“Lewis Hamilton is among the biggest racing drivers who ever lived, so clearly we’d like to have him racing in Miami,” Garfinkel mentioned.

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