Miami GP boss discusses David Beckham involvement and plans for 2022 as F1 race debut awaits
The Miami GP will make its Formula 1 debut in May 2022; Tom Garfinkel spoke exclusively to Sky Sports about the plans
By Craig Slater
Last update: 10/05/21 5:10 pm
Sky Sports’ Craig Slater chats with Miami GP Managing Partner Tom Garfinkel about the 2022 race as the city prepares for its Formula 1 debut
The boss of the new F1 race in Miami has revealed that David Beckham is keen to get involved in the event, which he hopes to become a “destination for F1 fans”.
Beckham is the current chairman of the co-owner of the new MLS Inter Miami team, which was formed just as F1 was moving forward with plans for its first Grand Prix in the city of Florida. The race around the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium will make its F1 debut in May 2022.
Tom Garfinkel, Managing Partner of the Miami GP, said Air sports: “It’s a pretty funny story – David and I have a mutual friend who called and said David wanted to meet you and want to get involved in Formula 1 racing.
“So we had dinner last week. David is very excited to be part of the event. He is very excited to come to Miami for the F1 race.
“We have received a lot of calls from different celebrities, friends, wealthy people and powerful people who are all expressing a lot of interest in coming.
“I would expect a lot of celebrities to come from all over the world for this event. There is a great celebrity culture in Miami.”
Miami will be the 11th different venue to host F1 in the United States. There was speculation its inclusion could jeopardize the future of the Austin Circuit of the Americas, which has been on the schedule since 2012 and typically takes place in October.
But COTA chief Bobby Epstein said the two events were “complementary”; a sentiment echoed by Garfinkel. “All ships rise with the rising tide,” he said.
“For die-hard F1 fans in the US or casual fans, now they have another event coming up. The more the merrier. The more races we have, the more racing fans we can create. Growth matters. for everyone, so I think it’s just a win for everyone. “
NFL engagements mean they will be separated on the schedule, with Miami taking place May 6-8 and Austin retaining its fall slot. “It’s up to Formula 1 to decide,” Garfinkel said. “But we have the football season in the fall, so it would be difficult when we have football games on campus at the same time.
“I would expect we would stay in the spring for many years to come.”
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It was planned to build a circuit in the Miami Bay area, with a section passing over a bridge. At the end, the track will circle the home of the Miami Dolphins of which Garfinkel is president and CEO.
“I think it creates a lot of unique opportunities. We have built upscale spaces, clubs and areas for people to enjoy. On top of that, you can walk to the top of the stadium and see every nook and cranny of the race track To have the panoramas of every bend of the track are really unique.
“We certainly hope to create an event that will become a destination for F1 fans around the world. When we deploy in early November, there will be many ways to experience this event that are not traditional.
“It will be a campus, a Disneyland if you will, with different things to do and different things to experience, whether it is for families, for 25 year olds who want to party and have a DJ, for businesses. Americans entertain customers and die-hard F1 fans. “