The Miami Grand Prix had it all: beach clubs, swimming pools, fan zones, well-known disc jockeys and many celebrities at the start. The likes of David Beckham, Pharrell and Will.I.Am were all present in the Formula 1 paddock and it’s no surprise: the race in town was one of the most hyped grands prix in F1 history, making it sky-high, too ticket prices. It is clear that the organization of the premier class wants to gain a foothold in the USA. In the next season there are even three American GPs on the calendar with Las Vegas. It’s clear that F1 has taken a different path with the arrival of Liberty Media.
Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was at the helm until 2017 and during his years of service he has taken the sport to the next level and made it what it is. However, the Brit also sees that under the leadership of Liberty Media, F1 is taking a different approach and not quite going the way he likes. “They are producing now Formula 1: American style“, says the 91-year-old Englishman Bloomberg† “It may well be that’s a good thing because so many stupid things come from America. You can see everyone is happy now, but it’s certainly not the way I’ve run things.” Hearing Ecclestone’s comments, Greg Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media, replied: “Bernie can say what he want, but the reality is that now everyone wants to join in.”
Wolff gives Miami a nine
Toto Wolff is happy about the new signing from Miami. The Mercedes team boss speaks of a spectacular event. “To be honest, I’ve never experienced anything like this. The atmosphere is beautiful and you can’t even walk across the paddock normally, there are so many people. I think we can be very happy with all the support,” said Wolff after the race. The track has been criticized by various F1 drivers. “Among other things, the two DRS zones and the braking zone in turn 17 made for a great race. It makes sense for the drivers to comment, but in terms of racing and entertainment it was great. That’s the way it should be. For the first time, I’m giving Miami a nine.”