Miami F1 Grand Prix: Qualifying start time, Australia race time, live stream, how to watch

Formula 1 breaks new ground this weekend with the inaugural Miami Grand Prix in front of Hollywood stars. Here’s what you need to know.

Formula 1 breaks new ground this weekend with the inaugural Miami Grand Prix in front of Hollywood stars and new US fans inspired by a change in the sport’s off-track approach.

But they know – as some expert observers have warned – that there have been as many flops as there have been successes when it comes to introducing new circuits the calendar and confirming the consolidated place of F1 in the modern American sports scene.

Driven by the hype and razzmatazz that announced the new event in Florida, the second American race on the current schedule, most drivers anticipate a fast, thrilling and memorable race at the Miami International Autodrome.

Pierre Gasly of Alpha-Tauri praised him after practicing on the virtual version of the high-speed road track.

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“I’ve tried it and I have to say it looks really great,” Gasly said. “I really liked the layout. Quite a lot of high-speed content, kind of quite challenging, unusual, extremely long corners and very long straights.

“I think we should have good American entertainment all weekend, so I’m excited about that. The location is unique. I’m excited for the weekend! ”Gasly’s comments may change after her first close-up view of the runway at Hard Rock Stadium, home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

Just as there have been successful new events in Austin, Texas or Baku in Azerbaijan, there have been those to forget in Sochi, Russia, Istanbul or Yeongam, South Korea.

This new era of “ground effect” ushered in closer racing and, with the temporary decline of Mercedes champions, a gap between a new cast of young drivers who belong to the Netflix generation so avidly cultivated by the owners of the Liberty Media sports commercial rights.

The American group took over five years ago and has steadily repositioned the attractiveness of F1 audiences, moving to a younger, less European-focused demographic with a wider shift to social media and digital engagement.

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Conquering America isn’t the only goal, although a sold-out crowd of around 420,000 spectators over the weekend is captivated by the show and celebrity parade.

The involvement of the new generation drivers and their stories will have a wider appeal, as world champion Max Verstappen revealed when reflecting on his relationship with the current series leader and old enemy Charles Leclerc.

“We were similar in age, so we had a lot of battles with karts, but we also managed to get to F1 together,” he said.

“And it wasn’t just the two of us, there were others we know as George (Russell) and Carlos (Sainz). Now we are all here in F1 and fighting with the top teams. ”Their backstories are a perfect drama for Netflix’s Drive to Survive series, a show that the Dutchman has criticized for lacking authenticity.

As a traditionalist, he would also have preferred to race America on one of the many well-established classic circuits – Watkins Glen and Long Beach are long-time favorites along with Laguna Seca and Road America – than join a list of temporary road tracks.

On Sunday, however, Michael Jordan, David Beckham and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are expected in Miami to seal the stellar state of the inaugural event with a new order.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton believes it is confirmation that F1 is taking over the United States.

“Growing up, knowing how awesome the sport is but seeing a disconnect between the US and the rest of the world, it’s amazing now to see we’ve solved it,” he said.

“It will be huge. I’ve been coming here for a long time, but I never understood why people didn’t like F1.

“This Netflix show, particularly during the pandemic, just brought massive awareness to the sport and is now booming.”

His enthusiasm can be contagious, but that doesn’t guarantee it will last. The United States has had more host venues than any other country in F1 history.

Miami becomes 11th, after Indianapolis (twice), Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas (also held in a converted parking lot), Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Austin.