MIAMI.- The Miami Grand Prix became this Sunday the world capital of motor racing, but also of entertainment. Actors, singers, great sports stars and celebrities from all walks of life have made the Miami International Autodrome their new mandatory appointment this weekend.
Through the ‘paddock’ it has been possible to see the Mexican pilot Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez (Red Bull) playing the perfect host of the Puerto Rican reggaeton player Bad Bunny, whom he went to look for in the circuit parking lot and almost gave him a guided tour.
And his partner Max Verstappen, current world champion, did the same with the Black Eyed Peas singer Will.I.Am, who this Sunday was “unfaithful” to the Mercedes team with which he had just presented a striking prototype called “WILL. I.AMG”, which is based on the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT.
The Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, the former US first lady, Michelle Obama, have also been seen on the circuit; filmmaker and creator of the Star Wars saga George Lucas; Caitlyn Jenner, of the famous clan of the Kardashians, or the former Argentine tennis player Juan Martín del Potro, who was received by the French pilot Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri).
Numerous celebrities also attended a party in South Beach on Friday that was the “green traffic light” for the participation of world celebrities in this great prize, such as the presenter James Corden, the NBA star LeBron James, the musician Wyclef Jean or former soccer player David Beckham.
PRICES FOR THE CLOUDS
All of them will hardly have any problem paying the most expensive tickets in the entire Formula One World Championship, only behind the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, with 640 dollars the cheapest, which flew on the first day.
In this zone, called “Club de Yates”, the most exclusive of the entire circuit, prices ranged between 9,500 dollars for a single ticket, 19,000 for a double and 38,000 for the one that gives access to four people.
Although there are, without a doubt, much more expensive.
Tickets up to $20,000 could still be found on resale at Ticketmaster this Sunday on a bench located after turn number 8, where the circuit’s designers opted precisely to create a marina reminiscent of Monte Carlo.
The organizers can boast of the success of the ticket sales, since the nearly 240,000 that went on the market for the three days of the event disappeared in a few hours.
This demonstrates the good moment of Formula One in the United States, and the already usual US Grand Prix in Austin (Texas), the premiere this year of Miami on the world championship calendar will be joined in 2023 by another urban circuit, in this case in the famous “Strip” of Las Vegas (Nevada).
“I think Miami will be like our Super Bowl,” pilot Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) said last Friday in a comparison with the final of the NFL American football league that does not stop playing these days in South Florida both because of the expectation, economic benefits such as the level of “famoseo” it generates.
The tourism promotion company of the neighboring city of Fort Lauderdale calculated that the income that Formula One will generate this weekend will be, according to projections cited by CBS, higher than that of a Super Bowl, the largest sporting event in the United States.
LET THE ENGINES SOUND
Because it is, without a doubt, a high-flying party.
The idea of the organizers of the Grand Prix was to go far beyond three days of racing and they wanted to turn this Grand Prix into almost a top-level music festival as well, and that is why they hired Post Malone, The Chainsmokers, DJ Tiësto and the Colombian Maluma, who will sing from the podium shortly after the race ends.
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Miami Grand Prix: a parade of celebrities beyond the track