On Wednesday, the F1 group officially announced that it will stage the Miami Grand Prix in 2022. The race, which has previously been announced, will take place in South Florida for the first time since 1978. The race, according to an announcement released by F1 group, “should present perfect conditions for the development of the sport in the Americas and should be a great boost for Miami’s status as a tourism and hospitality destination.” The announcement claims the race will take place in the spring, meaning that Florida summers may actually see a reprieve from the cold.
The most recent event at Miami’s Calder Racecourse was held in March, when Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado, who competed in F1 before his second failed stint with Williams in 2009, took second place, though the race did not attract a crowd of record size. Still, it drew two million fans, compared to the 1.4 million who come out for the F1 annual race in Europe.
More than 130 million viewers tuned in to watch F1 in the United States in 2016, according to the Miami Herald. But Miami is still quite far behind the States’ cities with the most-watched F1 events, including New York (1.3 million), Los Angeles (4.6 million), and Chicago (3.5 million).
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