Miami F1 track close to completion ahead of inaugural race

Miami’s Formula 1 racetrack is almost complete ahead of the Florida city’s first-ever Grand Prix next month.

Organisers said the Miami International Autodrome is “95 per cent complete”, with all permanent structures, such as the pit building, garages and race control tower close to completion, and the final lift of asphalt laying finished in March.

The focus in the final weeks will shift to the final fit of the temporary structures around the Miami Campus and minor works, such as painting curbs, which is already underway, and installing temporary safety barriers. Work on the 5.41km, 19-turn track, which is located in Miami Gardens within the campus of the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium, started in April 2021.

“We’re in the final stages of this incredible circuit that will host the first-ever Formula 1 race in Miami,” said Richard Cregan, chief executive of the Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix.

“We are delighted with the progress we have made and it’s a huge credit to the hard work of the team here in Miami, in consultation with both Formula 1 and the FIA to get this circuit finished in a tight timeline.

“We have tried to create a track that drivers love to race on and a campus that offers unique, best-in-class fan experiences; and we can’t wait for the first weekend in May to be here.”

Planning of the Miami International Autodrome began in the summer of 2019, while the ground-breaking process started in April 2021. Over the past 12 months, 24,000 tons of asphalt have been laid, with the final top lift completed in February 2022.

The foundations of the pit building started in September 2021 and a total of 1,130 tons of concrete has been used across the site.

The layout of the track has been formulated by Clive Bowen’s Apex Circuit Design company and work on the design has taken place in consultation with both Formula 1 and the sport’s governing body, the FIA, to ensure the track is a challenge for the drivers and adheres to safety standards.

Around the circuit, a total of 2,870 Geobrugg blocks have been installed with 118 in place along the pit wall. Extending the length of the Miami International Autodrome are 37,000 feet of concrete barriers and debris fences.

There are also 14 pedestrian bridges that span the track — the most of any F1 circuit — to enable ease of access around the Miami Campus.

“There has been no compromise on any aspect of the circuit design or quality of construction,” said Cregan. “In my experience of working with new venues over the years, I’ve never seen as much effort on perfecting the surface of the track as we have done in Miami. Everything was exactly per the design, and everyone involved in construction has done an incredible job.”

The Miami International Autodrome will take place on the weekend of May 6-8, 2022 and will be the 11th different venue in the USA to host a Formula 1 race since the championship started in 1950.