Cigar lounges, luxury yachts docked on a fake marina, and a Bal Harbour pop up shop with designer brands made for a very "Miami" Formula 1 experience, grandiose in nature. Formula One is the highest class of international auto racing, a pillar of luxury with Rolex and Emirates Airline & Group as partners and Aston Martin, Mercedes and Ferrari as teams. Miami made history as the inaugural Formula One Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix, with destinations like Abu Dhabi and Monaco hosting in the past. The Miami Hardrock stadium transformed into an elaborate ecostystem, with 19 corners and 5.4 kilometres of track, a fake marina and beach area, making for a decadent ambience.
With the popularity of Netflix's Drive to Survive, race enthusiasts teemed the Hard Rock, totaling over 85,000 attendees. Naturally, A-Listers were in attendance at the "Superbowl of Fine Racing", including Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Serena and Venus Williams, Paris Hilton, David Beckham, Michelle Obama, Tommy Hilfiger, George Lucas, and many others.
When attendees weren't glued to the racetrack, they were taking in the many fabulous finds Formula 1 had to offer in Miami fashion. A luxury Bal Harbour tent housed brands like Balmain and Ralph Lauren, cooling off the overheated crowd in style. Zip lines zig zagged above a faux marina, decked with life size yachts and DJ's blasting throwback hip hop, exuding Ibiza like vibes. A diverse array of cuisine from Miami staples like Seaspice and Carbone along with minority owned restaurants like Shuckin and Jivin delivered delectable sustenance for the long day ahead.
Fashion ranged from sporty sneakers with flouncy minis to surprisingly, festival inspired looks, like crocheted hot short pieces. I opted for a more posh look, a white Safaria-esque button down dress with matching gold link fedora hat, perfect for a day in intense sun in style.
Las Vegas is on the horizon for Formula 1 2023, opening the door to three U.S. races on the sport’s exclusive calendar. But given the hype around this year's Formula 1, can it top Miami?