Sebastian Vettel Wasn’t Aware Of Miami Officially Joining 2022 F1 Calendar

Published 04/19/2021, 10:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


A big announcement came in just before the start of the race in Imola yesterday. After various rumors were circulating around for the last few weeks, the FIA officially added Miami to the ever-growing F1 calendar; the first-ever Miami Grand Prix will take place next season. However, Sebastian Vettel was completely oblivious to it.

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Before the race, the drivers were giving interviews on the sidelines. During Vettel‘s turn, he was informed of the confirmation of the Miami Grand Prix for the 2022 F1 season. Though he seemed puzzled.

“Is it? Oh yeah? When, next year? And it is going to be a street circuit, I guess?”

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, when he did realize that the race was going to take place in Miami next season, he had nothing but positive words to say about it.

“Yeah, exciting obviously. I think the crowd in the USA is always very exciting. It’s a great place to race (since) I think we all love the race in Austin. It’s good that we have another one and obviously, we have been racing one in Montreal for a while.” said Vettel.

“So, yeah it’s a piece of good news.”

What are the specifications of the Miami GP track on which Sebastian Vettel & Co. will race in 2022?

The Miami GP will be held at a layout of the Hard Rock Stadium Complex in Miami Gardens. It is home to the NFL Franchise, Miami Dolphins, who famously went unbeaten in the 1972-73 season.

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No official date for this race has been announced by the FIA yet. However, they will possibly hold this race during the second quarter of the 2022 F1 season. Also, it will be the first race in a 10-year deal that the two parties have inked.

The street circuit will be 5.41km long and feature 19 corners, with cars reaching a top speed of 320KM/hr. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali recently said, “We are looking forward to bringing the greatest racing spectacle on the planet to Miami for the first time in our sport’s history.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Let’s hope the race delivers on all the promise and the hype surrounding it next season. More importantly, let’s hope that the fans can enjoy the spectacle at the venue itself.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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