F1 Miami GP’s fake water in its marina is becoming the talk of the town

MIAMI—Sorry Michelle Obama, James Corden and Josh Allen. Although your presence for the first Miami Grand Prix created a lot of buzz, the attention of the fans seems to be drawn elsewhere: the fake water in the marina.

Miami International Speedway features a variety of attractions this city is known for, strategically placing them around the track to give the sport a Miami feel. One of those aspects was a marina, but there was a catch: The track, which is built in Miami Gardens and around Hard Rock Stadium, is in a landlocked neighborhood miles from where the Formula 1 originally wanted to organize the race. They wanted a waterfront location, with the circuit tucked away downtown and a bridge to the Port of Miami, the Miami Herald reported last month.

Tom Garfinkel, managing partner of the Miami GP as well as vice president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, told Motorsport.com that they are looking at downtown Miami first, hoping to include photos of actual yachts.

“When we moved here [to the Hard Rock stadium] for a number of reasons, the biggest one being that we didn’t think we could have a good racing circuit in town, I told F1 you’re going to take pictures of your yachts, you’re going to have your yachts ,” Garfinkel told Motorsport.com. “They looked at me like I was crazy. And then I came back and drew it on the whiteboard and said, ‘I want a marina with yachts here, and we’re going to make it happen. “And that’s what we did. And it’s a lot of fun.

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Inside turns 6, 7 and 8 there is a fleet of yachts – 10 to be exact – parked on the marina in dry dock. But they are not simply placed on wood. Instead, the yachts sit on 25,000 square feet of faux water, a vinyl material that makes the boats appear to float and has a wavy design.

And according to the Associated Press, the cost of tickets for a four-person pass to the “Yacht Club” ranges from $9,500 to $38,000.

Like Sports Business Journal reported, the Miami organizers were trying to make the idea of ​​an “American version of the famous and glamorous Monaco Grand Prix” a reality. We’ll let you all judge if they succeeded.

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