Next month, Miami will become the fifth international city to host an F1 Festival after London in July 2017, Shanghai in April this year, Marseille in June and Milan in August.
Downtown Miami will play host to the final F1 Festival of 2018, which will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October, the event running alongside the United States Grand Prix which takes place the same weekend in Austin, Texas.
Taking part in the event will be Red Bull and Renault, as well as two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who will drive his championship winning McLaren M23 on the streets of Miami, supported by a range of other iconic cars, past and present.
“America is increasingly becoming a hub of passion around Formula 1 and I am particularly excited about the opportunity to host an F1 Festival in Miami,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1. “The success of the US Grand Prix in Austin demonstrates the appetite for Formula 1 in this country and we are determined to bring the sport to even more American fans in the coming seasons.
“Following the immense success of our events in London, Shanghai, Marseille and Milan, I am certain that Miami will follow suit. Miami is a diverse and vibrant city that shares many of the brand attributes of Formula 1, making it the perfect host for Formula 1’s final festival of 2018.”
The F1 Miami Festival will open on Saturday 20th October with the F1 Live car run along Biscayne Boulevard. According to the official press release: “Fans lining the streets will be able to experience the roar of the engines, the smell of the rubber and the incredible energy that only Formula 1 cars can produce as they are put through their paces on a bespoke city circuit.
“Providing the ultimate city centre festival hub, the F1 Park located in Bayfront Park will blend the unique thrills of F1 with the culture of Miami, merging exciting activations and events, music and installations to entertain people throughout the day and into the evening. Across the weekend fans will be able to experience the excitement of the race in Austin, with both qualifying and the race itself live streamed on screens within the park.”
In addition, “local artists will create bespoke artworks to celebrate the arrival of the F1 Festival in Miami. Young, contemporary artists Jessy Nite and Brian Butler will collaborate on a mural in Wynwood; and muralist and sign artist Sege Toussaint will paint a wall in Little Haiti. Brain Butler will also create a special artwork in Bayfront Park during the F1 Miami Festival.”
In terms of music: “Silk City, Diplo and Mark Ronson’s exciting, new collaborative project, will headline the evening concert starting at 18:30 on Saturday 20th October in the F1 Park.
“They will be joined at the F1 Miami Festival by a host of other local talent in what promises to be an electrifying performance for fans.”