Sports Desk, Apr 18 (EFE).- Miami landed a 10-year contract to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix as of 2022, the world championship organizers announced on Sunday.
A 5.41-km, 19-corner circuit will be built in the vicinity of Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium in Florida for the event.
Miami joins US cities like Indianapolis, Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Austin, which have all hosted a F1 Grand Prix since the tournament first kicked off in 1950. Austin is still a part of the Formula 1 calendar.
“The race will provide an additional tourist boost and economic impact to local businesses in the greater Miami region,” Formula 1 said on its website.
“Formula 1 and the promoter will be working closely with the local community to ensure an allotment of discounted tickets for Miami Gardens residents, ensuring they have the opportunity to experience the thrill of the sport,” it read.
Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali stressed the potential the US has to offer to the tournament.
“The USA is a key growth market for us, and we are greatly encouraged by our growing reach in the US which will be further supported by this exciting second race,” he said.
“We are grateful to our fans, the Miami Gardens elected officials and the local tourism industry for their patience and support throughout this process,” he added.
The announcement was welcomed by Red Bull’s drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
“I think Miami is a great location for Formula One, it’s a very fun city and there’s lots of energy in that place,” Perez said in a statement published on his team’s website.