“If you look at what we did with the Miami Open for example, what we’re going to be able to do, is it is going to be completely transformed into a campus, with landscaping, and all kinds of different opportunities,” said Miami Grand Prix Managing Partner Tom Garfinkel.
“We want to create an environment where people are blown away when they get there.
“I think, starting with sort of a blank sheet of paper, [we have been able] to design a circuit with the designers – and Formula 1 and the FIA – that has a lot of passing opportunities.
“There’s going to be vistas, really, from the stadium, which sits at the centre of the circuit, [where] you can walk around the top deck of the stadium and see every turn on the race track, I think that’s a pretty unique opportunity.
“I think the infrastructure we have in place, the club spaces, the things we can take advantage of in and around the campus, it’s going to be beautiful.”
The project has been several years in the making, with Miami initially earmarked as a potential destination in 2017, but Garfinkel believes the delay will only serve to enhance the event.
“I think we have a vision to create a global entertainment destination,” he said.
“The site exists to bring in the biggest events in the world, with the Super Bowl, the National Championship game, international soccer, Miami Open tennis and really there is no bigger event in the world than Formula 1 racing.
“So this is something we have worked on for a while and, frankly, while maybe it took a long time, if you look at the amount of diligence that goes into it, taking the time to listen to the community, putting that diligence through a global pandemic we have all been dealing with, it actually wasn’t a long time when you put it in perspective.
“Sometimes you just will things to happen and when you have great partners you are able to get that accomplished.”