The Formula 1 circus — or ruckus, depending on your point of view — will hit the road course at Hard Rock Stadium and Miami Gardens on May 6, 7 and 8 of 2022 Miami Grand Prix organizers announced Thursday.
That’s practice sessions on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday at the under-construction Miami International Autodrome.
— Formula 1 (@F1) April 18, 2021
Many residents of Miami Gardens, concerned about the ratio of traffic and noise damaging the neighborhood’s quality of life with too little benefit to the city, have fought the coming of F-1 since downtown Miami residents successfully fought hosting F1’s street closures, noise and fuss.
Trying to find a place to give the race a green light
When Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium owner Stephen Ross talked about bringing F1 to Miami, he originally envisioned Ferrari red, Mercedes and Red Bull cars hurtling down Biscayne Boulevard past the new-ish high rises. FIA, F1’s sanctioning body, ran its Formula E series down Biscayne and around FTX Arena in the electric car series inaugural 2015 season with headaches common to a first-run event.
But while residents hung out on their balconies to watch the Formula E event, this wasn’t F1. Formula E cars brought a quiet buzz remindful of retro toy Tyco racers and the practice-qualifying-race schedule got it in-and-out in one day. Residents balked at F1’s more of everything.
Ross and Formula One gave up that fight in 2019 and focused on finding another place to run. Such as, the vast area around the stadium Ross owns in Miami Gardens.
City residents quickly protested and the city passed a resolution opposing the idea. But part of the Dolphins agreement with Miami-Dade County gave them the right to host races at the stadium.
This began 18 months of negotiating and court fights. In April, the city commission passed a memorandum of understanding for an agreement that included a $5 million commitment to the city; the creation of a STEM program; and other conditions on the event, including no race starting before 2:30 p.m.
Not everyone was mollified.
Former county commissioner Betty Ferguson, whose helped incorporate Miami Gardens and whose name graces an elaborate park complex in the city, said, “For this resolution to come up out of the clear blue, without the residents being aware of it ... [it’s] pretending like they are addressing our concerns [but] it’s just not true.”
A month of F1, NASCAR and the Indianapolis 500
This sets up, pandemic permitting, a possible bucket list month for racing fans from around the world with diverse tastes.
The week before, May 1, there’s a short-track NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover, Delaware. Then, the weekends after the Formula 1 race, open wheel focus shifts to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the GMR Grand Prix on the IMS road course on May 14; qualifying and the run for the Indianapolis 500 on May 21 and 22; and the 106th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.