A Lap Of The New Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix In Assetto Corsa

With the ink still dry on a contract between Liberty Media and the Miami region for a new Grand Prix from 2022, take a look at the proposed circuit layout with a lap in Assetto Corsa.

The long-running will they or won't they saga of a new race in the United States is finally over, as recent days have seen the long awaited agreement between the city of Miami and Formula One to host a Grand Prix at a brand-new purpose street circuit within the confines of the Hard Rock Stadium complex.

The potential second Grand Prix in North America has been in the works for several years, and has been forced to overcome a number of hurdles and track layout revisions ahead of this finalized, confirmed design. To celebrate getting the new proposal over the finish line at long last, circuit architects Apex Circuit Design have released a first look video of the new 19 corner layout in action, with the venerable Assetto Corsa chosen as the sim racing platform of choice to showcase the new circuit.

The Miami Grand Prix track is expected to offer up some incredibly fast racing when it makes a debut on the 2022 Formula One calendar, with average speeds expected to reach 223km/h, and features a mixture of high speed corners, close proximity walls and incredibly long straights.

The layout certainly looks fun in a Formula One car, but will it produce good racing?

Only time will tell....
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Another typical crap modern F1 track. F1 is certainly not doing them selves any favours with tracks like this, can't imagine the drivers actually enjoying this track. F1 needs more open fast flowing tracks to bring back some proper racing instead of all the stop and go tracks.
 
Well that one actually has a more than half-decent racing circuit....unlike this...

I'd argue that Montréal has by far the best track of the four, with Mexico edging out COTA for 2nd (I'm in love with COTA's first sector... but the rest isn't good enough). Miami looks to be last, but hey, let's see when the rubber hits the road :).
 
Yet another boring, generic, predictable street circuit. Is Tilke still in charge of designing tracks? At least we were spared the Hanoi abomination (the only good thing about Covid-19, I guess.)

Seriously when was the last time we were excited by a new F1 track?

It's a shame they're going to Miami when there are so many challenging, exciting tracks in the USA. Can you imagine F1 at Road America?
 
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Can't we just have a new track designed similarly as some classics? Walls 50cm along the whole track, what a fun and great racing it surely brings. :/

PS: Did they forget to add textures? :p
 
F1 Boss's "Last time we built a track in a U.S carpark it was ..... [chop chop ..snifffffff ] Brilliant , amazing woo-hoo . Let's do it again!
 
... exciting tracks in the USA. Can you imagine F1 at Road America?
Point is well taken, common sense plays little into what F1 says or does. Like most things, corporation dollars take precedence over everything.
Memory is a bit cloudy but 20 or so years ago RA was entertained on hopes of hosting a round of the Moto GP, that may or may not dove-tail into an F1 date. The track had a few safety issues that needed correction in the eyes of the governing bodies. One was the Billy Mitchell bridge (turn 13) that would probably get no argument from Memo Gidley. The other was the Kink that may also bring back some life changing thoughts from Kathrine Legge or Davey Jones, although his crash was further along I have little doubt that it factored into their requirements based on the incredible speed that can be carried through Kettle Bottoms.
The bridge was replace with a tunnel and is fantastic opened up site lines, improved traffic and a safe walkway. The Kink had an alternate segment added to the track as extending the run off would require filling in a huge hole, aka a gravel pit, that is within a stones throw :rolleyes: of the track.
Neither of these changes took away anything from the tracks integrity or the experience, but what happened in the paddock and adjacent to the start finish line and down to turn one in my opinion is where the rub is. Tree removal and huge paved areas to accommodate garages that were never to be for a series that was never coming. Again from memory it was less about the safety issues, garages and media center than it was that not enough hotels were available. Mind you when Cart and IMSA were in their heyday, in that same time frame, drew fans that stayed in hotels as far away as Milwaukee, Green Bay and even Chicago or camped on site or the surrounding campgrounds.
Imagining it died a long time ago and has only been bad memories that I'm reminded of every time I stand in the blazing sun watching cars fly thru turn one. :cry:

More of a rant I guess, apologies to the moderator.
 
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Point is well taken, common sense plays little into what F1 says or does. Like most things, corporation dollars take precedence over everything.
Memory is a bit cloudy but 20 or so years ago RA was entertained on hopes of hosting a round of the Moto GP, that may or may not dove-tail into an F1 date. The track had a few safety issues that needed correction in the eyes of the governing bodies. One was the Billy Mitchell bridge (turn 13) that would probably get no argument from Memo Gidley. The other was the Kink that may also bring back some life changing thoughts from Kathrine Legge or Davey Jones, although his crash was further along I have little doubt that it factored into their requirements based on the incredible speed that can be carried through Kettle Bottoms.
The bridge was replace with a tunnel and is fantastic opened up site lines, improved traffic and a safe walkway. The Kink had an alternate segment added to the track as extending the run off would require filling in a huge hole, aka a gravel pit, that is within a stones throw :rolleyes: of the track.
Neither of these changes took away anything from the tracks integrity or the experience, but what happened in the paddock and adjacent to the start finish line and down to turn one in my opinion is where the rub is. Tree removal and huge paved areas to accommodate garages that were never to be for a series that was never coming. Again from memory it was less about the safety issues, garages and media center than it was that not enough hotels were available. Mind you when Cart and IMSA were in their heyday, in that same time frame, drew fans that stayed in hotels as far away as Milwaukee, Green Bay and even Chicago or camped on site or the surrounding campgrounds.
Imaging it died a long time ago and has only been bad memories that I'm reminded of every time I stand in the blazing sun watching cars fly thru turn one. :cry:

More of a rant I guess, apologies to the moderator.
I believe the big problem with RA in the eyes of Formula 1 is its location: no offense to the people of Wisconsin, but as you wrote, accomodations are not nearly the same as Miami. That's the problem with modern day F1: they go for location first, with the track itself being an afterthought. And so we get Mickey Mouse tracks like Miami, Jeddah, Hanoï or Baku. Plenty of hotels there to pamper the F1 folks.
 
Just like wrasslin' became sports entertainment, F1 has, under Ecclestone and now Liberty, turned from greasy knuckled mechanics in motor homes to a prestige brand. They like their core audience enough, the kind of people who camp out at Silverstone or the tifosi all around the world, but it's a very limited market.

By focusing on narrative and immersion (Netflix, Will Buxton, the F1 game), it engages people who never would've been interested, and seeing these stars with Rolexes and designer sunglasses helps make their brand aspirational, and create prestige partnerships. I live in Montréal, and the week leading up to the GP is absolutely nuts. Tourists abound, it's a weeklong party for people with fake tans and tight short dresses. That's what F1 wants, rather than a race in the middle of nowhere.

If the NFL were to pop up today, there's no chance Green Bay gets a team, just like there's no way the British GP would be in Silverstone. The NFL wants LA and Vegas, and F1 wants Miami and Jeddah, and I can understand why.

All this being said, quality urban tracks will always be a challenge; Sao Paulo and Montréal are pretty much the only exceptional tracks in urban areas. Still, there's no reason F1 shouldn't be putting a massive effort into quality racing tracks when it's at all possible, and Abu Dhabi is an excellent example of how they've abysmally failed.

TL;DR : F1 cares more about money than sim racing nerds, as they should, but making money and interesting tracks aren't mutually exclusive.
 
What a crap, what a crap, crap, crap, crap.... and, again guess what... This world has really gone mad.
If this is a track, then...
 
I'd argue that Montréal has by far the best track of the four, with Mexico edging out COTA for 2nd (I'm in love with COTA's first sector... but the rest isn't good enough). Miami looks to be last, but hey, let's see when the rubber hits the road :).
:D:thumbsup: Yeah I agree on that Montreal is good............

I like the first sector of COTA as it has flow and verticality, it's fun to drive, but the rest....has no flow.

It can also throw quite a nice spanner in the works for the aliens, when you league race in european fall, your sim simulates correct temperatures based on position and season/month, the last race was in Europe and they forget that Texas in fall is significantly hotter than central Europe in fall! :D

Soft Tires are great....until you burn them up after lap 1! :D
 

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