The F1 Miami Grand Prix: The Ultimate Guide for Spectators

The F1 Miami Grand Prix is one of three that will be held in the States in 2023. The first race was held on May 8, 2022, and ran on a brand-new circuit designed for this event.

The event was first discussed in 2018, and the intention was to hold it as the “Super Bowl Of F1” event. Neither the city nor the location disappointed fans.

In this article, we discuss the following.

The 2023 Miami F1 Schedule

The F1 schedule for Grand Prix in America in 2023 is listed below.

 Practice OneSprint QualifyingPractice TwoPractice ThreeQualifying/SprintMain race
The F1 Miami Grand Prix5th Mayn/a6th May6th May6th May7th May
The circuit of the Americas20th Oct20th Oct21st Octn/a22nd Oct21st Oct
Las Vegas17th Novn/a17th Nov18th Nov18th Nov19th Nov

The 2022 F1 Miami Grand Prix

2022 The Miami grand prix

The first Miami Grand Prix held in 2022 was an up-and-down weekend for the eventual winner, Max Verstappen.

He only managed a single lap in the second practice session before a faulty gearbox consigned him to the pits.

He eventually qualified in 3rd position behind the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

The Red Bull pair of Verstappen and Perez locked out the second row, and it seemed that, at last, there would be a straight fight between the two fastest 2023 F1 teams.

Although he seemed very pragmatic about his chances, he was imperious as he swept passed Sainz before the first corner.

He sat behind Charles Leclerc for eight laps, and in the ninth, using the prodigious speed advantage of the Red Bull powered, passed Charles to take the lead.

Lando Norris of McLaren’s crashed in the 46th lap, causing a late safety car.

The senior Red Bull and Ferrari team members stayed in the front while their teammates (Sainz and Perez) scrapped it out for the third place.

Although Perez had the newer tires, his attack on Sainz in the 52nd lap failed and he had to content himself with fourth place.

Where Did Mercedes Finish In Miami 2022?

Lewis Hamilton started the race in the 6th position and finished in the same spot.

George Russell had a great drive when he started in 12th and finished in 5th. He pitted during the Virtual Safety Car (VSC), and with the benefit of newer tires, he was able to pass teammate Lewis Hamilton on Lap 54.

Lewis was disappointed that he couldn’t pit during the VSC. However, he regained the 6th spot when his ex-teammate Valtteri Bottas went wide at Turn 17 on Lap 49.

Alfa Romeo Only Managed 5th and 7th

It wasn’t very pleasant for Valtteri Bottas, who started in 5th place on the grid and looked to have the potential to keep that position. His late mistake in lap 49 cost him that position, and he ended up in 7th place.

The Alpines Came In Next

The Alpines, driven by Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, had a solid race. Esteban finished 8th, and Fernando was one behind him in 9th (Fernando had received a penalty after colliding with Pierre Gasly).

AlphaTauri Had The Most Disappointing Day

The Alpha Tauri cars qualified in the top ten (Gasly was in 7th position on the grid). Pierre Gasly showed his true form and gave everybody a taste of what he could do when he overtook the struggling Lewis Hamilton.

His weekend quickly turned around when he contacted Fernando Alonso’s car in lap 40. Although his car remained drivable, it was damaged, and his hopes for a good finish disappeared. His world championship position was reduced to 13th after the Miami Grand Prix.

For his part, Yuki Tsunoda started in 9th position on the grid, but he did not have the needed race pace and finished in 12th place (thanks to Daniel Riccardo, who suffered a 5-second penalty.)

Final 2022 Miami F1 Results

The final results are shown below

Finishing positionCar NumberDriverTeamGrid PositionChampionship points
11Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing-RBPT3261
216Charles LeclercFerrari118
355Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari215
411Sergio PérezRed Bull Racing-RBPT412
563George RussellMercedes1210
644Lewis HamiltonMercedes68
777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari56
831Esteban OconAlpine-Renault204
923Alexander AlbonWilliams-Mercedes182
1018Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco-MercedesPL21
1114Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault11
1222Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-RBPT9
133Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes14
146Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes19
1547Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari15
16520Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari16
1755Sebastian VettelAston Martin Aramco-MercedesPL2
Ret10Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-RBPT7
Ret4Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes8
Ret24Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-Ferrari17

How To Drive The F1 Miami Grand Prix

Miami International Autódromo

In the following section, we read how Charles Leclerc explains how to drive the Miami circuit.

  1. Turn 1 after the start is a very important tight turn that has to be run correctly to line up for turns 2 and 3.
  2. After turn 3 in sector one is a very tricky gentle curve to turns 4 (left hand) and 5 (right hand), which are run at high speed.
  3. Turns 6, 7, and 8 are effectively a long left-hand turn where it is necessary to slow down toward the end of the corner as the corner sharpens up. There is a real danger of locking up.
  4. The exit leads into the long straight in Sector 2, which is the first DRS zone.

F1 Miami Grand Prix First DRS Zone

  1. At the end of the long straight are gentle turns 9 (left) and 10 (right), followed by a very long straight.
  2. A hard braking point exists at the end of the straight runs into turn 11 (sharp turn to the left) and then into turn 12 to the right.
  3. Turn 13 to the left and starts an uphill climb (into one of the drivers favorite sections.)
  4. Turn 14 is a sharp turn to the left in which speed is sacrificed in preparation for a sharp turn 15 to the right.
  5. Turn 16 is a sharp turn to the left in preparation for the long DRS straight in sector 3.

Second DRS Zone

  1. This is the start of the second DRS zone, and speeds of 320km/h are possible.
  2. At the end of the straight, there is a big braking point into the very sharp left-hand turn 17.

F1 Miami Grand Prix Third DRS Zone

  1. At the end of turn 17 is the 3rd DRS detection zone, followed by a sweeping turn 18 to the left.
  2. This is followed by a gentle turn 19 to the right and back onto the main straight.

When is the 2023 Miami Grand Prix?

When is the 2023 Miami Grand Prix?

The F1 Miami Grand Prix 2023 is held between 5th to May 7.

The event will be held at the Miami International Autódromo in Miami Gardens, Florida.

In March 2023, Miami was hit with a flash flood event that closed airports and shut down major infrastructure. Questions have now been raised about whether it will be going ahead with severely flooding track.

Miami flooding

With just three left before the event, crew members working on the circuit have released photos of the track completely covered in water.

Sebastian Vettel had previously warned that Miami faces a severe risk of flooding, and unfortunately, he has been proven to be correct.

Miami Grand Prix Vettel Miami underwater

No comments have been made by the organizers as to whether the event will still be going ahead, so all eyes will be on the developments in Miami over the coming weeks.

What Time Is The 2023 Miami Grand Prix?

The Miami Grand Prix is being held between the 5th and 7th of May, 2023.

The full schedule for the three days is listed below

FRIDAY 5th MAY 2023

FRIDAY 5th MAYEventLocal time
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour12:05 – 12:55
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk12:20 – 13:50
Formula 1Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps13:00 – 13:45
FIAF1 Car Presentation13:00 – 14:00
Porsche Carrera Cup North AmericaFirst Practice Session16:00 – 16:30
Formula 1Team Press Conference16:00 – 17:00
Formula 1Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps16:40 – 17:05
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk16:40 – 17:35
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour17:05 – 17:35
Porsche Carrera Cup North AmericaSecond Practice Session19:25 – 19:55


SATURDAY 6th MAYLocal time
Porsche Carrera Cup North AmericaQualifying Session10:15 – 10:45
Promoter ActivityFerrari Parade10:55 – 11:25
Formula 1Pit Stop Practice10:55 – 11:25
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk11:00 -12:00
Formula 1Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps11:30 – 12:00
Porsche Carrera Cup North AmericaFirst Race (40 Mins +1 Lap)14:05 – 14:50
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk15:00 – 15:40
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour15:00 – 15:40
Formula 1Press Conference17:00 – 18:00
F1 ExperiencesF1 Experiences Champions Club Grid Walk & Trophy Photo17:15 – 18:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour17:15 – 18:15

SUNDAY 7th MAY 2023

SUNDAY 7th MAYLocal time
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour10:55 – 11:25
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk10:55 – 12:00
Formula 1Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps11:25 – 12:10
Porsche Carrera Cup North AmericaSecond Race (40 Mins +1 Lap)12:25 – 13:10
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour13:25 – 13:55
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk13:25 – 14:25
Formula 1Drivers’ Parade13:30 – 14:00
Promoter ActivityGrid Presentation14:00 – 14:30
Formula 1National Anthem15:14 – 15:16
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (57 LAPS OR 120 MINS)15:30 – 17:30

The Miami 2023 F1 Grand Prix Predictions

Assuming The Miami 2023 Grand Prix goes ahead, what can we expect from the weekend?

The simple fact is that with the pace advantage enjoyed by the Red Bull RB19 if the Red Bull drivers finish, they will generally be at the front.

Serio Perez has managed to capitalize on car issues that have slowed Max down. Sergio was masterful at the Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix. He has proven that Max is not unstoppable.

The surprise of 2023 has been the resurgent Aston Martin driven by Fernando Alonso, who has ended up on the podium in each of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Australia (the Azerbaijan grand prix still has to run at the time of writing.)

With the Ferrari’s coming back on pace Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez are in with a shout.

Mercedes are still struggling but after 4th in the Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix there is potential that they could get back on the podium.

Where Will The 2023 Miami Grand Prix Be Held?


The event will be held at the Miami International Autódromo in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The 2023 Miami Grand Tickets

Tickets for the Miami Grand Prix can be found at the following link.

Know The Track Layout and Best Miami Grand Prix Viewing Spots

To fully enjoy the F1 Miami Grand Prix, it’s important to know the track layout and the best viewing spots.

The track is a 5.41 km circuit with 19 turns, including a long straightaway where cars can reach speeds of up to 320 km/h.

Some of the best viewing spots include the grandstands at turns 1, 2, and 3, where you can see the cars brake hard and take sharp turns.

The general admission areas at turns 4 and 5 also offer great views of the cars as they navigate through the chicane. Be sure to arrive early to secure your spot and bring binoculars for a closer look at the action.

Bring The Right Gear And Supplies To The Miami Grand Prix

Spectators at the F1 Miami Grand Prix should come prepared with the right gear and supplies to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

  • Sunscreen and hats are a must, as the Florida sun can be intense. Remember to cover the back of your neck!
  • Comfortable shoes are also important, as you may be walking long distances to get to your viewing spot.
  • Bring a small backpack or bag to carry your essentials, such as water, snacks, and a camera.
  • Earplugs are also recommended, as the sound of the engines can be extremely loud.
  • If you are prone to headaches remember to bring along some – it’s hot and loud at the Miami Grand Prix.
  • Finally, don’t forget to bring cash or a credit card for food and merchandise purchases.

Enjoy the Festivities and After-Parties

The F1 Miami Grand Prix isn’t just about the race – its an experience!

There are plenty of festivities and after-parties to enjoy as well. Check out the fan zone for interactive exhibits and activities, or head to the concert stage for live music performances.

After the race, head to one of the many bars or clubs in the area for a celebratory drink.

Keep an eye out for special events and promotions, such as driver meet-and-greets or autograph signings.

With so much to see and do, the F1 Miami Grand Prix is an unforgettable experience for any motorsports fan.

By Jonny Noble

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jonny Noble I’m a dedicated F1 Writer – and I’ve Been One for Over Four Decades, I’ve been intimately immersed in the world of Formula One for more than 44 years. That’s longer than most professional commentators can boast! As an independent writer, I offer a unique perspective on the entire F1 landscape, free from biases that might cloud the discussion. We dive deep into the exhilarating, frustrating, and captivating facets of the F1 universe. So, regardless of my amateur status, one thing is undeniable: four decades of dedicated F1 fandom have forged strong opinions worth exploring!

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