May 18, 2021

F1 to keep 23-race schedule in 2022 after addition of Miami · RaceFans

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The addition of the Miami Grand Prix to the 2022 Formula 1 calendar will not expand the schedule beyond its current record 23 races, the championship’s CEO Stefano Domenicali has said.

F1 announced today it will add a new round of the championship in Miami Gardens next year. Domenicali confirmed the race will take place in the second quarter of 2022, indicating it is likely to be held around the same time as the Canadian Grand Prix.

However Domenicali’s comment that the series is “figuring out 23” rounds for next year’s season indicates one of the races on the 2021 F1 calendar will not be held next year.

F1’s other American round at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas is among those races which is yet to agree a new deal for next year. However Domenicali said it intends Miami’s race to be one of two visits to the USA.

“We always said that the US is a very important area on which we need to develop our business,” he explained. “There is a lot of opportunity.

“Having two races in the US means that we have taken the right direction for our strategy for the future. We will keep them separate in order to give the right space for both, and this is really crucial.”

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He admitted the addition of another race in America could come at the expense of a round in Europe. “I think it is a possibility because we need to be realistic, we cannot have 52 weekends in Formula 1,” said Domenicali in response to a question from RaceFans.

“But the good thing is that we have a lot of interest that will enable us to create unique events with the right value. And we’re going to mix the strategic need for Formula 1 to develop in certain countries with historical places where we know that Formula 1 should stay. So that’s the beauty of having these many opportunities in front of us.”

Miami Gardens F1 circuit

The long-awaited confirmation of F1’s new, 10-year deal to race in Miami was greeted warmly by teams, Domenicali added.

“We are proud – it’s not [just] me – we are proud as Formula 1 because in this moment, above all after 2020 [which was] so difficult, the challenge in 2021, we are looking ahead, we are putting the foundation for an incredible future of Formula 1. And this is a milestone that we all wanted.

“Just last night, when we shared the information with all the teams, everyone was really ‘wow, that’s the right way to go, this is really where we should be’. And this is really the direction I’m going to take for a great future for our Formula 1.”

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez was among those who welcomed the addition of the race. “Racing in the US is always great fun and I enjoy a city circuit, it’s a good challenge.

“I think Miami is a great location for Formula 1, it’s a very fun city and there’s lots of energy in that place. The Latino community is pretty big there so I’m definitely looking forward going there soon.”

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