Miami Grand Prix to get bigger and better!


F1 Miami Grand Prix venue upgrade Image: F1 Miami Grand Prix

The South Florida Motorsports (SFM), the organizers of the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, announced on January 18th details of their huge investment into the Miami International Autodrome in Miami Gardens, Florida (US) ahead of the 2023 race from May 5th-7th.

‘F1 Miami Grand Prix’ stated that a series of exciting upgrades include a brand-new premium hospitality Paddock Club building and the creation of the Formula 1® Team Village on the football field in the center of the Hard Rock Stadium have been made.

The Miami Grand Prix is a Formula One Grand Prix which forms part of the 2022 Formula One World Championship, with the event taking place at the Miami International Autodrome on a 10-year contract.

The 65,000-capacity Miami International Autodrome is a purpose-built temporary circuit around the Hard Rock Stadium and its private facilities in the Miami suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida, US. The track is 3.363 mi long and features 19 corners with an anticipated average speed of around 140 mph.

The 65,326-capacity Hard Rock Stadium is a multipurpose stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida, US. The stadium is the home field for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) and the Miami Hurricanes, the University of Miami’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college football team.

‘F1 Miami Grand Prix’ further stated that following on from the success of the first-ever Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, organizers have made a significant investment ahead of the 2023 edition of the race. In consultation with the teams, the FIA and Formula 1®, SFM have spent the past six months constructing the new permanent 190,000 square foot Paddock Club building that will house over 6,000 guests in premium suites and a luxury rooftop club.

St James’s Market, London (UK)-based Formula One is the highest class of international racing for open-wheel single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

Place de la Concorde, Paris (France)-based the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) is an association established on June 20th, 1904 to represent the interests of motoring organizations and motor car users. It is the governing body for many auto racing events, including Formula One. The FIA also promotes road safety around the world.

The new three-tiered Paddock Club structure has been built above the existing team pit garages and overlooks the pit lane and start/finish straight. For the 2023 edition of the Formula 1 Crypto.Com Miami Grand Prix, the SFM have appointed global catering experts DO & CO to provide a premium hospitality experience for this exclusive area. There are also additional hospitality experiences at the Miami International Autodrome for 2023 which include new spaces The Vista at Turn 1 and The Boathouse at MIA Marina.

DO & CO Aktiengesellschaft is an Austrian catering company, headquartered in Vienna. It is active in segments such as airline catering, train catering and international events catering. The company also provides services through its restaurants, bars, lounges, and hotels.

One of the major updates for 2023 will see the Formula 1® paddock expanded onto the Miami Dolphins football field in the center of Hard Rock Stadium. The all-new Team Village will house the hospitality units of the 10 F1® teams where the drivers will be based across the weekend. Organizers have worked closely with Formula 1® on creating this new expanded paddock to create a truly unique experience for the teams as well as the benefit of this increased paddock space. For the first time ever fans will also have an exclusive insight into the behind-the-scenes working of a Formula 1® paddock as all general admission Campus Pass ticket holders will be able to access the 300 level of the Hard Rock Stadium and look directly into the Team Village from above.

Organizers of the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix 2023 have also appointed renowned track designers TILKE to oversee a repaving of the entire 3.36-mile race track which will increase the spectacle of this year’s race by assisting the opportunity for drivers to overtake one another. While there were officially 45 overtakes across last year’s 57 laps, the improved grip levels should lead to an increase in that number in 2023. TILKE are the leading circuit designers having designed and constructed the majority of new circuits in Formula 1® and with wider experience of hundreds of motorsport projects around the world.

Put in Tyler Epp, President of Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, “After an incredible debut race, we have been working flat-out to ensure the 2023 event is an even greater experience for everyone visiting the Miami International Autodrome. Stephen Ross and Tom Garfinkel are committed to making May’s event a best-in-class experience that is unlike any other Formula 1 race in the world. With new and enhanced hospitality experiences, the creation of the F1 Team Village directly on the football field and increased capacity we are expecting our second race to be even bigger and better for the fans, the teams, drivers, partners, and everyone in South Florida.”

The first-ever Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix last May was a sellout success in which 242,955 spectators visited the Miami International Autodrome over the three-days, making it the most attended event in the history of the Hard Rock Stadium. With its luxury hospitality, exciting racing and fan-focused experience, the Formula 1 Crypto.Com Miami Grand Prix set a new standard for viewers of a US Formula 1® race and was quickly recognized as one of the highlights on the F1 schedule.

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