I've always had a thing about street circuits, and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's because they seemed so exotic to a motorsport-mad kid growing up in a country in which we didn't have such things. And then, when we did finally get one, it was in Birmingham of all places.
My love of street and city circuits goes part of the way to explaining my interest in Formula E and why I've volunteered to report on some of the races for AUTOSPORT in this inaugural season. I put my hand up for Miami for various reasons, one of which was a fascination with the history of street racing in the Florida city.
The original Miami Grand Prix, a round of the old IMSA sportscar series, piqued my interest back in its maiden year in 1983 and again in 1984 for the simple reason that it marked the racing comeback of a certain Emerson Fittipaldi, a driver of whom I was sure we'd seen the last.