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Miami Grand Prix boss Tom Garfinkel has revealed that England and Manchester United legend David Beckham wants to play a part in the race’s debut next year. The new meeting will be the first since 1959 to be hosted in Florida.

F1 struck a 10-year deal back in April to stage the Miami Grand Prix from next season onwards, with the race to be held on an exciting new layout at the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami Gardens.

There are big plans for the Miami meeting, with former Man United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Beckham keen to get in on the action.

And his links to the Miami GP come as no surprise given his association with MLS franchise Inter Miami.

Beckham currently co-owns Inter Miami, who were formed just as F1 were accelerating their plans to host a race in the Florida city.

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And Garfunkel, managing partner of the new F1 race, revealed he is just one of many celebrities who is keen on attending.

Garfinkel told Sky Sports: “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 Formula 1 race.

“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.

“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.

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“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.”

Miami will be the 11th location F1 has raced at in the United States since the Championship’s inception in 1950.

Miami follows Indianapolis, Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Circuit of The Americas in Austin in hosting an F1 race.

The race will be staged on a 5.41km circuit, featuring three corners and as many straights, with the potential for three DRS zones throughout with an estimated maximum speed of 320km per hour.

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Meanwhile, the travelling F1 party heads to the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend as the title race reaches boiling point with just seven races remaining.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton currently leads the way in the F1 standings, holding a slender two-point lead over his fierce Red Bull rival Max Verstappen.

Hamilton restored his lead in the title race following a thrilling Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.

Hamilton capitalised on Lando Norris’ last-gasp heartbreak, in which he slid off the track in the rain, to become the first ever F1 driver to win 100 races.

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