Editor’s Note: This article on the 2023 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff.
Coming soon in Formula 1 Racing is the second-ever Miami Grand Prix, and it’s looking to be an exciting event. If you’re a fan of high-octane racing, you’re definitely going to want to tune in when this event takes off in May.
If you’re thinking of visiting the race in person, you should know that May is a great time to visit Miami. It’s not considered peak tourist time just yet, and it’s not overwhelmingly hot like it can get in July and August. Temperatures will average around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit (20-24 degrees Celsius). That said, it can be humid. Humidity in May averages around 75%, but can fluctuate during the day.
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Before 2022, there was only one F1 race in the United States. Now, Austin, Texas, has to share the spotlight with Miami after they were given an inaugural track race for the first time this past year. F1 races in Miami are held at the Miami International Autodrome and are contracted to be held there for the next 10 years.
It didn’t come easy, though. The owner of the Autodrome, Stephen M. Ross, tried for years to bring the Miami Grand Prix into existence. Originally, the ‘Magic City’ was supposed to hold its first race in 2019, but complications arose due to other construction and development plans in the area initially proposed for the track. Delays would continue until race planners were finally able to secure the Miami International Autodrome for future races.
This year, there are three practice runs, with two occurring on Friday, May 5th from 2:30-3:30 and 6:00-7:00. The final practice run is on Saturday, May 6th from 12:30-1:30. The qualifying run will also take place on the 6th after the practice run at 4:00 PM.
The race will commence the next day, Sunday, May 7 at 3:30. All times are local times (Eastern) and in the afternoon or evening. There are no morning practice runs or qualifying times for the race in Miami.
This year, the track is the same as last year and will most likely be the same layout for the next eight years left in the contract. It features 19 corners with three straightaways and a possible top speed of over 300 km/h. The race starts with a small straightaway into 10 corners before another straightaway pops up. After corners 11 through 16, drivers will be able to open up and hit high speeds before having to slow down for the sharp corner 17. Corners 18 and 19 follow before completing the lap and starting all over again.
The track itself is temporary but has a permanent feel to it. It was designed this way so as to not disrupt local Floridian’s lives during the Grand Prix event. Barriers, fences and other temporary structures will be removed after the race is over to return the neighborhood to its normal state.
Disruption of local events and city-goers was a huge part of the talks back when the Miami Grand Prix was first being discussed. Local lawmakers, politicians and concerned citizens made their voices heard and they were promised that the event would have minimal disruption to the city of Miami. Most people argue that the tourism, income and prestige the Grand Prix brings are certain to outweigh any temporary inconveniences it could possibly have to the city of Miami.
If you use last year as a guide, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen are the top picks for winning this year’s Miami Grand Prix. Leclerc started from the pole position last year, but it was Verstappen who ultimately took home the victory.
Max Verstappen is still regarded as one of the best, if not the best driver in F1, so it would be no surprise if he won the race in back-to-back years. That said, past performance is not always indicative of future results and another top racer could very well take the spot and win this year’s Miami Grand Prix.
In conclusion, if you’re interested in the 2023 Miami Grand Prix, clear your schedule for the 7th of May and tune in around 3:30 p.m. ET to watch the race kick off. It’s a Sunday, so hopefully, you have the weekend off and can enjoy the race from the comfort of your home or a local sports bar. Just be sure to call in advance and make sure that they will be showing the race!
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