Start your engines. Back for a second lap, the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix returns to Miami International Autodrome at Hard Rock Stadium for three days of practices and races from May 5-7. Nearly 250,000 fans flocked to last year’s inaugural Miami edition, brilliantly captured for Netflix’s fifth season of “Formula 1: Drive to Survive.” Living up to the increased hype and ever-growing American fan base, the brand has beefed up its venue, experiences and luxury add-ons. Like the annual Art Basel Miami Beach, satellite events of all kinds are happening throughout the city. Here’s our guide for F1 Miami trackside news and beyond.
Fans can expect more elevated amenities from the new trilevel Paddock Club with premium suites to Team Village’s relocation on the pitch for better engagement. Major Food Group, Groot Hospitality and Michelle Bernstein are catering the Palm Club, 72 Club and Yacht Club/MIA Marina, respectively, and Casa Tua Trackside Club also returns. Pubbelly Sushi and Harry’s Pizzeria are among 70 dining outlets.
Once Upon a Kitchen
Foodies are flying in for GR8 Group’s Once Upon a Kitchen (The Deck at Island Gardens, May 5). Six courses feature signature dishes like pasta pesto in abstract and tagliatelle al wagyu ragu by chefs Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana), Juan Manuel Barrientos (Elcielo) and Bernardo Paladini (Torno Subito). Mixologist Alex Ott and DJ producer Benny Benassi are also behind the extraordinary evening.
Miami Design District Moments
Mercedes-AMG Petronas team sponsor IWC Schaffhausen hosts a basketball challenge for charity (Jungle Plaza, May 3-5). Off-White exclusively previews its Nike Air Force 1 mid “graffiti” sneaker collaboration with music and refreshments (Off-White, May 4). Christian Louboutin’s F1 Loubibar pops up (The Paseo, May 6). Channel Chrome Hearts fan Lewis Hamilton with exclusive, race-inspired sunglasses in shield and goggle styles.
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Invitations are required for the world premiere of Laffite Automobili’s road-legal, e-hypercars, including the Hyper Sport Prototype LM1, Hyper SUVs Atrax Stradale and Atrax Off Road, and Hyper GT Barchetta FG1 and FG2 (Miami Grand Prix, May 3), followed by a VIP dinner at Villa Azur; and Hummer House’s 2024 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 SUV’s reveal (Miami Design District, May 6).
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Private helicopter operator HeliFlite added the 1999 Sikorsky S-76 N45VB and 2006 Sikorsky S-76 N821SS with dual-engine systems, two pilots each and eight-passenger seating to its fleet. They join its Bell 429, Airbus H145 and Leonardo AW139, a charter exclusive for the East Coast, to destinations including Palm Beach International Airport, Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport and Miami Seaplane Base on Watson Island.
McLaren Race House
Hosted by McLaren Automotive CEO Michael Leiters and F1 legend Bruno Senna, the McLaren Race House stands out among VIP experiences. Star drivers Lando Norris and Mika Häkkinen will also pop by the multi-level, trackside hub with views of 19 corners and three DRS activation zones. More perks are gourmet dining, prime parking and a peek at the 2023 McLaren 720S GT3 EVO.
Considering that Nas, Andrea Bocelli and Wyclef Jean were among performers at last year’s Carbone Beach presented by American Express and hosted by Mario Carbone, Major Food Group patrons can’t wait for the next pop up from May 4-7. Expect blinding star wattage seated for dinner, too, which is limited to 400 reservations per night. Book the hot table via Resy.
Heavy hitters will perform at BleauLive series’ Miami Race Nights, made all the more glamorous poolside (The Fontainebleau, May 5-7). Hard Rock Live booked Wisin Y Yandel (May 4) and the Jonas Brothers (May 5). Reserve a table at LIV for Zedd (May 5) and Tiësto hosted by Maluma (May 6). Rick Ross and Deadmau5 are among E11even’s race weekend lineup.
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