Hitting The Apex: Miami International Autodrome

It’s Miami Race Week! Read on to know everything you need to know about the Miami International Autodrome.

Written by Mees Drijgers

May 3, 2023

Miami International Autodrome is a street circuit around the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. This “purpose-built temporary circuit” was specifically designed for the Miami Grand Prix by Apex Circuit Design. Stephen Ross, the owner of the Hard Rock Stadium, had been trying to attract F1’s attention for quite some time, as talks about a potential race in Miami started well in advance, with track designs being proposed as early as October 2019. According to the organizers, up to 75 circuit designs were considered and 36 designs were simulated in over the 4-year decision-making process. 

Miami International Autodrome (Photo via @F1 on Twitter)

The track is located on the private grounds of the Hard Rock Stadium, using both new and existing roads within the stadium grounds: when F1 cars aren’t driving around the track, the permanent asphalt roads are a part of the stadium’s parking area. Similar to other street circuits, a few weeks before the start of the Grand Prix weekend, the work begins as the circuit and its safety features are put together in the area. Once the Grand Prix weekend is completed, the circuit is disassembled and Hard Rock Stadium grounds are reverted to its original set-up. Miami International Autodrome is the 11th American venue to host a Formula 1 World Championship round and the first of three US rounds on the 2023 calendar.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Track distance: 5.41 km / 3.36 miles
  • DRS zones: 3
  • Corners: 19
  • Elevation: n/a
  • Laps: 57
  • Race lap record: 1:31.361 Max Verstappen (2022)
  • Direction: anti-clockwise

According to F1.com, Miami configuration for this year is as follows:

 

PREVIOUS TYRE COMPOUNDS

  • Selected compounds in 2022: C4 (soft) C3 (medium) C2 (hard)

Miami International Autodrome (Photo via @redbullracing on Instagram)

Due to the circuit only recently joining the calendar in 2022, Red Bull is the most successful constructor, with 1 win. Max Verstappen is the most successful driver, winning the inaugural 2022 Miami Grand Prix. 

The Miami International Autodrome “is a fast, flowing temporary venue with a number of high-speed sections that lead to sudden, long braking zones, offering plenty of overtaking options”, with “the final sector of the circuit also includ[ing] a tight, narrow section that looks set to be a challenge”. The track surface has also been repaved for the 2023 race.

Miami International Autodrome (Photo via @haasf1team on Instagram)

PREVIOUS WINNERS

  • 2022 Max Verstappen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mees was introduced to the world of F1 by one of her friends in July 2020 and hasn’t missed a race weekend since. Her favourite drivers are Alex Albon, Lewis Hamilton, Oscar Piastri, and George Russell; outside of F1, she also actively supports Liam Lawson and Callum Ilott. She specialises in writing about F2, but is looking to specialise in FE and IndyCar as well, after starting to watch both series in 2022. After getting her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture, she is currently getting MA degrees in Translation and English Literature & Culture. When she’s not watching motorsport, she’s either watching football matches (preferably Real Madrid), reading a book, or watching streams on Twitch.

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