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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
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Tuesday May 21, 2024

Miami Grand Prix gears up for star-studded F1 weekend

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Celebrities join the excitement as Max Verstappen seeks to extend his winning streak at the glamorous Miami Grand Prix

The Formula 1 season continues to dazzle as it heads to Florida for the Miami Grand Prix from May 3-5, promising not only high-speed action but also a touch of glamour with numerous celebrities expected to attend. Defending world champion Max Verstappen aims to build on his formidable early season form, having clinched four victories in the first five races of 2024.

This year’s Miami Grand Prix holds special intrigue as it features the second sprint race of the season, following Verstappen’s win in the inaugural sprint in Shanghai. Last year, the Miami event attracted a host of celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Shakira, and Elon Musk, adding a Hollywood flair to the adrenaline-fueled weekend.

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Fans of Formula 1 can immerse themselves in the Miami Grand Prix through comprehensive coverage provided by the BBC. Live radio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra and on BBC Radio 5 Live for the main race on Sunday. Additionally, updates, insights, and analyses can be followed on the BBC Sport website and app.

For those who enjoy deeper dives into the sport, the Chequered Flag podcast offers previews and reviews of each race, while the F1: Back at Base podcast provides an exclusive look behind the scenes at Mercedes and Williams. Both are accessible via BBC Sounds.

The race weekend is structured to maximize excitement, beginning with the first practice session on Friday evening, followed by sprint qualifying. Saturday features the sprint race itself and then the main qualifying session in the evening. The grand finale, the Miami Grand Prix race, will take place on Sunday night.

This year, the F1 sprint format has undergone tweaks to increase the thrill. Qualifying for the sprint race now happens on Friday, making room for the sprint race as Saturday’s first track event. This change aims to enhance the competitive dynamics throughout the weekend.

With additional sprint races scheduled later in the season in Austria, Austin, Brazil, and Qatar, the F1 calendar is packed with high-stakes, high-speed challenges that will continue to enthral fans around the globe.

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