David Beckham is ‘very keen’ to get involved in the first ever F1 Miami Grand Prix next year after building his own MLS franchise in the city, the race’s managing director reveals
- Manchester United legend David Beckham could get involved in the Miami GP
- The race’s director Tom Garfinkel said the football icon was keen on attending
- Beckham has already invested in the city by building an MLS football team there
David Beckham wants to get involved in next year’s maiden Miami Grand Prix and could be one of many star names in attendance, according to the race’s managing partner.
Formula One struck a ten-year deal to stage the race on the south east coast, with the first taking place in 2022 in Miami Gardens, with a pupose-built track set to be built near the Hard Rock Stadium – home to NFL franchise Miami Dolphins.
Tom Garfinkel, who is heading up next year’s race – and is also CEO of the Dolphins – revealed he had dinner with Beckham to gauge his interest in the race and said the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star was ‘very keen’ on attending.
David Beckham is ‘very keen’ to attend the Miami Grand Prix next year, says the race’s chief
The city will host its first race in 2022 after agreeing a ten-year deal with Formula One
‘It’s kind of a funny story – David and I have a mutual friend who called and said David wants to meet you and wants to get involved in the race,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘So we had dinner last week. David is very keen to come out to the event. He’s very excited about coming to Miami for the F1 race.’
He added: ‘We’ve gotten a lot of calls from different celebrities, friends, wealthy people and powerful people who all are expressing a lot of interest to come.
Tom Garfinkel, managing partner of the Miami GP, said he expects a big celebrity turnout
‘I would expect a large degree of celebrity attendance coming from all over the world for this event. There is a big celebrity culture in Miami.’
Beckham has invested heavily in the city of Miami having worked hard to start his own MLS franchise there. Talks began as early as 2007 when the former midfielder first joined Galaxy as his contract included an option to purchase an MLS expansion team for $25million.
He exercised that option in 2014 and four years later it was awarded a place in the MLS – with Beckham bringing star names to the club including Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi.
Beckham has invested heavily in Miami – creating an MLS franchise, which launched in 2020
There is already an established Grand Prix in the United States, which takes place in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas – but Garfinkel is confident the two races can work together in tandem.
‘All ships rise with the rising tide,’ he added. ‘For hardcore F1 fans in the US or casual ones, they now have another event to come to. The more the merrier.
‘The more racing we have, more race fans we can create. Growth is important for everybody so I think it’s just a win for everybody.’