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F1 Miami Grand Prix 2023: everything you need to know

F1 Miami Grand Prix: everything you need to know Get ready for the second-ever Grand Prix in Miami, taking place from May 5 to May 7, 2023. The F1 Miami Grand Prix will be held at the Miami International Autodrome, located around the iconic Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. It's the newest addition to the Formula 1® calendar in America, and it's sure to be a thrilling event. The race starts on Sunday, May 7 at 3:30pm EST.

2023 F1 Miami Grand Prix weekend schedule and times

Friday, May 5 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Practice 1 6:00-7:00 p.m. — Practice 2 Saturday, May 6 12:30-1:30 p.m. — Practice 4:00-5:00 p.m. — Qualifying Sunday, May 7 3:30 p.m. — Miami Grand Prix

Where to Watch

All events are available via live stream at WatchESPN. If you don’t have an ESPN subscription, you can get a trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, or FuboTV.

The Venue

The Track The track is 5.41 kilometers (3.36 miles) long, with 19 corners, 3 straights, and 3 DRS zones, allowing drivers to reach top speeds of over 340 km/h (211mph). With the Hard Rock Stadium at its epicenter, the track includes elevation changes between Turns 13 and 16, with the track heading over an exit ramp and under various flyovers across uneven ground. The Construction of the Miami International Autodrome The Miami International Autodrome is a masterpiece of engineering and construction. It took the team about 12 months to build, using 14 million pounds of steel and aluminum and 1.3 million bolts.  The construction team also built 14 bridges, 173 temporary tent structures, 10 grandstands, 13 multi-level hospitality structures, and 40 single-level hospitality structures. The site includes 65 independent temporary kitchens with 104 refrigeration units, 300,000 square feet of back-of-house space, and 1,100 bathroom stalls. They also installed 309 turnstiles, 2,243 Wi-Fi access points, 2,241 TVs, and 24 LED superscreens. This massive construction project reflects Miami's unique position as a curator of culture globally, including art, music, fashion, business, food, and sport. The result is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases the incredible sport of F1. The Hard Rock Stadium The Hard Rock Stadium is at the heart of the Miami International Autodrome. The stadium has hosted six Super Bowls, two Baseball World Series, and numerous rock concerts. It is a venue that knows how to put on a show. When combined with a track designed to encourage close racing while meeting the highest safety standards, it is a sure-fire winner for spectators. The City of Miami Miami is a vibrant and multicultural city famous for its sandy beaches, art deco vibe, and rich sporting heritage. It is an essential destination for those visiting the Sunshine State. The Miami Grand Prix consortium was led by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, making the location around the team's Hard Rock Stadium a logical choice.

 

Growing Popularity of F1 in the US

Formula One is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. F1 estimates it has over 36 million fans in the country. With F1 set to have three American races in 2023, and with events in Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, next season will feature the most races in recent history at time zones that suit a North American audience. This is a significant fact to consider when talking about the growth of the sport stateside. F1 legend Michael Schumacher, who shares the record of seven championships with Lewis Hamilton, famously used to enjoy holidaying in America as he was so rarely recognized in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, things have changed dramatically since then. The sport is now growing in popularity in America, with over 36 million fans and counting. Ahead of F1's last race at Imola, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said: "Growing up knowing how amazing this sport is and seeing there was still quite a disconnect between the U.S. and the rest of the world in terms of the passion for this sport ... it's really amazing to see we've finally cracked it and there's a growing love in the States."

 

The History of F1 in America

The history of Formula 1 racing in America can be traced back to 1903, when James Gordon Bennett established the Gordon Bennett Cup, the first European event of city-to-city racing. The event was raced on a route that started and ended at the same place, and this led to the evolution of racing in closed loops of roads, or circuits, which became the norm. The first ever Grand Prix was held in 1906 in Le Mans, France, and it became the biggest race in Europe. In 1950, the FIA Formula 1 World Championship for drivers was founded, and the Indianapolis 500 became a points-scoring round from 1950 until 1960. The first Formula 1 Grand Prix was held in America in 1959 at Sebring in Florida, and the US Grand Prix moved to a new permanent home in 1961: Watkins Glen in upstate New York. America's first Formula 1 World Champion was Miami-born Phil Hill, who won the championship in 1961 driving for Scuderia Ferrari. In 1976, a second American race, the US GP West, was added to the calendar in Long Beach, California, and in 1978, American racing legend Mario Andretti won the F1 World Championship title. In the 1980s, Formula 1 in America moved from Long Beach and Watkins Glen to Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, and Phoenix before going on hiatus in 1992. It returned in 2000 to a new road racing course on the infield of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where it remained until 2008. In 2012, a new venue for the US Grand Prix was completed in Austin Texas, the Circuit of The Americas, and in April 2021, it was announced that Miami would be adding a new destination city to the global F1 schedule. The first Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix was held on May 6-8, 2022, marking another new chapter in the long history of top-class motorsport and the United States. The second-ever Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix is set to take place at the Miami International Autodrome on May 5-7, 2023, and will be the first United States race of the season, marking round five of this year’s FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

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