After the initial plans for an event adjacent to the ocean front were cancelled, the circuit is being built on land around the Hard Rock Stadium, which is owned by the race promoters.
FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi, who recently visited the home of the Miami Dolphins to check on progress, confirms that the track will not conjure up memories of the infamous Caesars Palace venue used for the Las Vegas GP in 1980-’81.
“It is a proper circuit. It is far from a race in a car park, considering the level of work that is ongoing there in a number of areas. The facility is coming along really, really well and it will be something unique.” – FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi explained.
Michael Masi said he was impressed by the way the promoters are building the track while also running regular events at the stadium.
“It is great, the way they are integrating. I don’t envy them the way they are having to integrate an NFL season between all the work they are doing and compartmentalise the work they are doing at the stadium. But I think it is a credit to them. They were doing major work there last week and then had to put everything back to a level for the Dolphins game to happen on the weekend, and start again on the following day. Miami is coming along really well.” – he added.
Asked regarding the possibility of a third event in the United States, McLaren CEO Zak Brown replied that the race will be the “hottest ticket” next year.
“The market could definitely handle a third race,” he said. “It’s very complicated to put these races together, so the obvious wish list – New York would be great, Las Vegas would be great, any of the big markets, so I hope a third race happens. I think this race here in Austin is yet to be secured. I’d like to see that happen, I think it will happen. Miami I think will be the hottest ticket in F1 next year.” – he concluded.