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The Miami International Autodrome is a street circuit located around the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Organizers and Formula One management agreed to a 10-year "milestone" deal, to host the Miami Grand Prix which debuted in 2022.[1]

Circuit History[]

Formula One began exploring a venue in Miami in August 2017. The promoter and Apex Circuit Designs simulated a plethora of potential track layouts. After trialing over 70 variations, they settled on a 19-turn, 5.41km (3.36mi) track that has the Hard Rock Stadium at its heart; it will have a top speed of around 320km/h (198mph) and three DRS detection zones. [2]

On September 2, 2021, the track was officially named the "Miami International Autodrome".[3] Hard Rock, a globally recognized brand famously known for its entertainment and food, becomes the first founding sponsor of the circuit.[4] The Miami Grand Prix also received a major title sponsor deal from Crypto.com for naming rights locked in for nine years.[5]

Circuit Layouts[]

The circuit is run entirely on private land, the property of Steven M. Ross, owner of the NFL Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium and the surrounding parking areas and practice fields. Immediately to the south of the stadium is a tennis campus built to host the Miami Open. The course is about six miles/10 km inland of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the topography of south Florida, there is virtually no elevation change on the circuit.

The circuit begins and ends with an approximately 400 meter long pit straight, parallel to the north side of the stadium. Due to the offset of the stadium, this straight is actually pointed about 30° south of due east. Turn 1 is a fairly tight 110° right. This is followed by a 45° sweeping left (turn 2), and a wide and increasing radius right (turn 3) that brings the track back along the south side of the stadium, and past the tennis campus.

Turns 4 through 8 are thought to be possible the most interesting part of the circuit. Just past the southwest corner of the stadium, turns 4, 5 and 6 are all sweeping 60° bends, turning left, right and left. What is called turns 7 and 8 are one decreasing radius 150° left, going past a number of large corporate suites on the outside of the bend, and an area dressed up as a marina (complete with fake boats and blue-painted asphalt) on the inside. This little bit of tackiness leads onto the first long straight of the circuit.

Four gentle bends do not alter the fact that this is a straight 1.4 km long, ending at Turn 11, a tight 120° left likely to be one of the premier passing spots. This leads into a rather slow and Mickey Mouse section, largely dictated by existing obstacles. The drivers quickly hit Turn 12, a 160° sweeping right going around an overpriced spectator area known as 'The Beach'. This is followed by a sweeping left, a left/right chicane, then a tight 100° left, all intended to lead the track under several access ramps to the highway along the east edge of the property, and avoid various support columns.

The tight 100° left, known as Turn 16, leads onto the other main straight. Not quite as long as the first one at 1.2 km, but absolutely straight as an arrow, this runs west for almost a full kilometer. And to guarantee more passing, the turn at the end is a tight 150° left, just short of the training facility for the Dolphins. A short straight after that leads to a fast left/right combination, ending back on the pit straight.

Current[]

Hot lap

On the official website for the Miami Grand Prix, a 3D visualization of a hot lap on the track can be found. In addition, there is a live view of the track's construction progress.

This circuit, which will be within the private Hard Rock Stadium grounds will use all new and existing roads within, with the new permanent asphalt pathways of the circuit integrated into the Hard Rock Stadium grounds. The circuit is a temporary-type circuit, which will not use any public streets that are located around the Hard Rock Stadium. A few weeks before the race weekend, the circuit and its safety features will be assembled just for the race weekend. After the race weekend, the circuit will be dismantled and the Hard Rock Stadium facility converted back to normal.

Event history[]

The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Miami International Autodrome:

Year Event Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
2022 Miami Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-RBPT Report

Notes[]

  1. F1 agrees 'milestone' 10-year race deal with Miami | Reuters
  2. MIAMI GP: Everything you need to know about F1's newest race - including how the track was designed | Formula 1® (https://www.formula1.com), accessed on 13 Nov 2021
  3. RACER: Miami F1 circuit to be called Miami International Autodrome, https://racer.com/2021/09/02/miami-f1-circuit-to-be-called-miami-international-autodrome/, accessed on 20 Feb 2022.
  4. The Checkered Flag: Hard Rock Become First Founding Partner of Miami Grand Prix, accessed on 20 Feb 2022
  5. Crypto.com: Crypto.com announced as official title partner of the Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix, accessed on 20 Feb 2022
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