Sun, sea and speed. Since 1929, Monaco has been synonymous with all three, providing the backdrop to the most glamorous race in the Formula 1 calendar. The principality has gone unchallenged in this regard for nearly a century, but with the arrival of the long-awaited Miami Grand Prix on 8 May, 2022, the Grand Prix by the sea now faces stiff competition as the premier affair of the series.
Before plans for a race in Miami began back in 2018, the closest the southern American city had been to a Formula 1 race was the 1959 United States Grand Prix in Sebring, Florida — the first Formula 1 race in North America. Its next brush with the sport was when Miami-born Phil Hill was crowned World Champion in 1961, driving for Ferrari. Since then, the city has been biding its time until the Formula 1 spectacle finally came to town in May this year. There are now two US races on the 2022 schedule and Miami is the 11th US venue to host a Grand Prix.
With three straights, three DRS zones and some elevation changes between Turns 13 and 16, the Miami Grand Prix circuit even included an artificial marina, complete with dry-docked yachts lined up trackside. Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll recorded top speeds of 202.3mph (325.5km/h) and 203mph (326.7km/h), respectively, going through the speed trap mounted at the end of the long back straight between Turns 16 and 17. Finishing inside the points on the day, Stroll held fast to 10th place from start to finish.
Just a short drive uptown from the new Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way, the circuit looks set to be a regular in the Formula 1 series after the sport announced a landmark 10-year deal with Miami last year. With the US Grand Prix at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas having taken place in October this year, next year sees the arrival of the much-anticipated night race in the heart of Las Vegas. Could Miami be usurped as the hottest spot on the calendar already? Place your bets now.
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