Miami GP boss compares F1 alignment to Super Bowl
When news broke that a Miami Grand Prix would be added to the 2022 F1 calendar, it sparked a lot of discussion. The eyes of Formula 1 fans from all over the world were on the event, so the pressure on the organizers in the run-up to the race was correspondingly high.
However, as the weekend proved efficient, the first race in Miami went down in the books as a huge success. In 2023, organizers hope to build on that by welcoming more fans and offering a nicer track for riders.
In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.comCrypto.com Miami Grand Prix President Tyler Epp reveals that they are already hard at work organizing the 2023 GP again.
“We are very happy with last year’s race, and when I say last year, I obviously have to correct myself immediately,” laughs Epp, who is aware that the GP was only held a few months ago and was therefore still in 2022.
“Time flies so fast and we’re already working so hard on the next event that sometimes you think the first one is long behind us.”
First Miami GP celebrated by organizers
Epp was delighted with how the inaugural Miami Grand Prix – held in May – managed to bring the community together and welcome people from all over the world.
“We are very satisfied with the result of the first edition,” he explained.
“Not only in terms of the race weekend and the fans who enjoyed the event, but also because we managed to engage the community around the stadium. We will be doing this again next year, it is important that our community is involved in the event.
“We are an international city, in which many people live who have roots in other countries. That’s also why we attract a lot of people from outside America, and so we’re going to see a lot of people from outside America in the stands again in 2023.
“In addition, in 2023 we will ensure that many more grandstand seats are added and we will make even greater use of Hard Rock Stadium for people to watch the race from.”
How the Miami racetrack will be improved for 2023
The Miami International Autodrome is a temporary race track within the Hard Rock Stadium complex, a venue typically used by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
Due to the general use of the stadium as a sports facility, the premises were optimally designed for the teams, drivers, fans and media. The F1 circuit therefore seems excited for the forthcoming editions of the GP, although a number of drivers are hoping for some minor changes to the track.
“The circuit is the most important part when organizing a Grand Prix,” said Epp.
“We have received feedback from F1, the FIA and the drivers and are using their input to improve the track in certain areas. At the moment we are working with the different parties to see where and what we can improve on the track.”
“We are doing this by primarily listening to the constructive criticism at the moment. In the coming months we will have clarity on exactly what needs to be done and we can start working on it.”
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Miami boss compares F1 event to Super Bowl
During the 2022 race, Epp feels the entire city of Miami came alive and he hopes that can continue into 2023.
This atmosphere reminded him of the time when the metropolis hosted the Super Bowl two years earlier.
“Of course we recently organized the Super Bowl. We got the same feeling back at this year’s Grand Prix as we had at this Super Bowl in 2020,” said Epp.
“In fact, the whole city was living off it, wonderful events were being organized everywhere, and so it felt like organizing a Super Bowl.
“We would like to keep this up in the coming years and are therefore working closely with our community. After all, the race should be an event for everyone.”
Following the announcement of the 2023 Formula 1 calendar, it has been confirmed that next year’s Miami Grand Prix will take place on May 5-7.