F1 gives fans first look at stunning Miami Grand Prix circuit

James Black April 23, 2021
F1 gives fans first look at stunning Miami Grand Prix circuit
Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images

Formula One last week announced that they would be heading to Miami next year for a spectacular race around the Hard Rock Stadium – and they’ve given fans a first look around the Miami Grand Prix circuit ahead of it joining the calendar in 2022.

The race will be the second to take place in the United States as F1 and the sports’ commercial rights owner Liberty Media continue to garner attention in North America, with the race itself likely to take place in June 2022.

With the street circuit yet to see any of the cars turn a wheel yet, F1 had to rely on popular PC racing game Assetto Corsa to show off their latest addition and give fans a taste of what they can look forward to next year.

Early comments from fans on YouTube aren’t too positive on the new circuit’s possibilities for racing, with many comparing the circuit to Abu Dhabi’s unpopular Yas Marina track, and others spotting similarities with the Hanoi circuit that was due to join the calendar in time for the 2021 season.

With a lap distance 5.41km, the Miami race will feature 19 corners, three straights and the potential for three DRS zones, with an estimated top speed of 320km/h (200mph) an average speed of around 223km/h or 138mph. The race will the first F1 to be held in Florida since 1959’s Grand Prix at the Sebring Raceway.

Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images

While fans are concerned about a potential lack of overtaking opportunities, organisers have identified two key part of the track where they feel there will be plenty of action for fans to enjoy.

Turn 1 will bring its own chances to gain positions but the first real overtaking area is the left-hander at Turn 11, coming at the end of the first of three planned DRS zones. The second is Turn 17, a tighter left-hander at the end of the circuit’s longer straight, and the second planned DRS zone.

The final DRS zone will be at the end of the lap as cars come out of the quick Turn 19 onto the fairly short pit straight.

With just over a year until we get to see cars racing around Miami Gardens for real, hopefully, it provides more entertainment when there are 20 of the fastest drivers in the world than the early taster suggests.

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James has been with Not The Old Firm since the beginning and took over as Managing Editor in 2021. As well as NTOF, James has written for HITC, Rangers News, The Daily Record, SB Nation, Shoot! Magazine and Youth Football Scotland. He can be found on Twitter @jamesblack1986 and, away from Scottish football, has a keen interest in MLS (Chicago Fire) and Formula 1.