McLaren staff boss Zak Brown has in contrast the hype surrounding the Miami Grand Prix as much like the excitement across the Tremendous Bowl.
The Miami Grand Prix could also be one of the hotly anticipated races within the sport’s historical past. After a battle with residents over noise considerations, the observe was lastly added to the calendar final yr following years of hypothesis.
Celebrities, together with the likes of David Beckham, have been clamouring to attend the inaugural occasion on Might 8 and groups have discovered themselves inundated with ticket requests. A reported 250,000 folks registered to purchase tickets and the 80,000 capability is anticipated to be reached.
As an American himself, Brown is conversant in simply how large a deal the Tremendous Bowl is each within the States and worldwide, however he has steered the build-up to the upcoming race in Miami matches that stage of hype.
“It’s going to be superior,” Brown advised Reuters. “I’ve been right here six years and I’ve by no means seen demand or buzz for a grand prix like I’ve seen for Miami.
“We will simply double our hospitality and we’re already the most important hospitality purchaser in Miami…it rivals the Tremendous Bowl so far as ‘are you going to the Miami race?’.
“I’ve been round F1 for 20 years and I’m used to going to grands prix however I’ve by no means seen something prefer it.
“Having been across the Tremendous Bowl, the place there’s the soccer recreation after which there’s the half-time celebs and exhibits, this feels just like the Tremendous Bowl.”
That feeling was shared by Crimson Bull staff boss Christian Horner, who stated he had by no means seen such demand for a race.
“Miami goes to be super-cool,” he advised the F1 Nation podcast. “I’ve by no means recognized a race to have a lot demand.
“We’re completely over-subscribed, I feel there’s a ready record of a whole lot of hundreds of individuals making an attempt to get in.
“It’s an fascinating observe, a easy format however they have an inclination to generally be the trickier ones. It’s obtained an enormous straight, so I feel the racing shall be good there and it is going to be nice to see the automobiles in Miami.”
The drivers themselves additionally appear excited for the inaugural race with seven-time former World Champion Lewis Hamilton saying it is going to be a “fairly hardcore occasion“.
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly agreed with Hamilton and predicted the race could be “insane.”