After many weeks of speculation, Miami has been confirmed as a future stop in the F1 calendar, possibly as early as 2019. The street race is expected to be focused around the Harbour area, going across the harbour on Port Blvd.
New media rights holders Liberty Media, have been keen to increase the visibility of the sport in the US since taking over last year. Miami is expected to be just the first of a series of new tracks on the F1 circuit. In the last 12 months, races have been muted in London and New York as the group look to expand into the US.
Despite being a huge sport globally, F1 has traditionally failed to make an impact in the US. Races in Indianapolis at the iconic Motor Speedway will mostly be remembered for the 6 car field debacle in 2005. Since 2012 Austin has hosted the US Grand Prix and this is not thought to be under threat.
Miami Grand Prix Loop
While the route is yet to be finalised, it is clear the downtown harbour area is the favoured route. Allowing great view of the Miami skyline, and the historical context of the Freedom Tower, this area will allow for a large
World-renowned for its wealth and glamour, Miami certainly has a profile that fits in well with the image of F1. Undoubtedly the stars will flock to the city to be seen in this premier event. However, whether it will be a hit with the fans is yet to be seen. The announcement has been met with largely positive comments on twitter. Until further announcements are made it is difficult to see exactly where the fan viewing areas will be. This will need to be adequately addressed if the Miami Grand Prix is to be a success.
The proposals were unanimously approved by the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. But this was very much expected as F1 is practically guaranteed to bring money to the city. The influx of tourists will be immense, and the spectacle well worth watching.