Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali admits the new Miami GP could come at the expense of a European round when the 2022 schedule is announced.
The sport will visit Miami for the first time in 2022 and the drivers are set to race on a high-speed street street circuit around the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL team the Miami Dolphins.
“I think it is a possibility because we need to be realistic, we cannot have 52 weekends in Formula 1,” Domenicali told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press when asked whether a European round could be dropped due to Miami.
“But the good thing is that we have a lot of interest that will enable us to create unique events with the right value. And we’re going to mix the strategic need for Formula 1 to develop in certain countries with historical places where we know that Formula 1 should stay. So that’s the beauty of having these many opportunities in front of us.”
Domenicali also said the Miami GP will take place in the second-quarter of the season, indicating the new American event likely to be held around the same time as the Canadian GP at the end of May or in June.
“Having two races in the US means that we have taken the right direction for our strategy for the future," added Domenicali. "We will keep them separate in order to give the right space for both, and this is really crucial.
"We always said that the US is a very important area on which we need to develop our business. There is a lot of opportunity. We are proud as Formula 1 because in this moment, above all after 2020 [which was] so difficult, the challenge in 2021, we are looking ahead, we are putting the foundation for an incredible future of Formula 1 and this is a milestone that we all wanted.
“Just last night, when we shared the information with all the teams, everyone was really ‘wow, that’s the right way to go, this is really where we should be’. And this is really the direction I’m going to take for a great future for our Formula 1.”