Formula 1: Miami Grand Prix returns to schedule

Formula 1 has confirmed that the Miami Grand Prix will return to the international calendar for the 2021 season and will be its sole race in the USA.

The event, won by Britain’s Lewis Hamilton last year, takes place in April and will be the first motor sport race in Miami in 35 years.

The race will compete against drivers and fans travelling from all over the United States to spend a weekend cheering on their home heroes at the 2.4 mile (4.1km) Circuit of the Americas.

The schedule sees Mercedes’ dominant Lewis Hamilton head into the new season with some important momentum. The world champion is next in action at the season-opener in Australia on 13 March.

And he has top billing in the opening race at Melbourne, also with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas who secured the 2017 drivers’ championship with Hamilton.

Hamilton will celebrate a birthday of his own in Melbourne as he turns 33 on the weekend of the race.

The drivers’ championship gets underway at the same time in the US and both drivers will compete in qualifying for the season-opener.

The second race of the season is on 9 April in Bahrain while the other two scheduled meetings are in China on 13 April and in Italy on 27 May.

Although part of the 2020 calendar, the 2019 races will take place in Mexico City (15 October), Abu Dhabi (25 November) and Singapore (16 November).

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