For F1’s proprietor Liberty Media it was a delight to see, because it delivered additional proof that its bid to interrupt the American market is paying off.
Off the again of it, there have been additionally a number of feedback about how the razzmatazz of all of it would act as a wake-up name for different circuits to want to raise their sport in the event that they weren’t going to get left behind.
As McLaren CEO Zak Brown mentioned forward of the Miami weekend: “I feel Miami goes to boost the bar for everybody.”
However for all of the success of the Miami weekend, there is no such thing as a denying that its audience and what it was capable of supply, had been one thing that doesn’t slot in all markets.
A pretend Marina could be straight up bizarre caught on the surface of Eau Route at Spa, and having mermaids wagging their tails in a pool could be fully misplaced at Monza.
Nevertheless, some vital classes could be taken away from the occasion, and present race promoters are properly conscious that pulling off a profitable grand prix occasion these days is extra than simply in regards to the choices of F1 monitor motion for a couple of hours every day.
That’s the reason British Grand Prix boss Stuart Pringle was an observer of all that was occurring in Miami as he continues his quest to make his Silverstone race larger and higher than ever.
He’s fairly proper that transposing the Miami mannequin into rural Northamptonshire wouldn’t work.
“We’re actually two very totally different occasions,” he tells Motorsport.com. “Would our fan base get on with the sort of occasion? I do not suppose they might.
“So I do not really feel it places stress on us, however I feel it is given us a level of sharpness to my focus of the place I wish to take the British Grand Prix over this subsequent interval.”
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Whereas Pringle’s plan doesn’t contain a pretend marina (Silverstone already has a small lake down by Membership), Pringle is obvious that there are two key takeaways from the Miami GP: one among which it did properly and one it did not.
Chief of those is in doing what Miami succeeded in – delivering a grand prix weekend that had a pageant really feel. This implies a complete entertainments package deal and a paddock buzz that made celebrities wish to be there.
For 2023, Pringle is already engaged on an enormous launch occasion live performance on the Thursday of the British GP, having recruited Ivor Novello Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Jamie Scott to assist in these plans.
However there may be additionally a separate push by Silverstone in an space that was not so evident in Miami: sustainability.
“I feel there are going to be two vital areas for Silverstone going ahead,” he mentioned.
“One isn’t evident right here. In truth, fairly the alternative is clear: which is sustainability. F1 needs to be a internet zero championship by 2030. And I perceive why that is not been a precedence on this primary occasion, however we should concentrate on it at Silverstone.
“I need us to be, if not one of the best promoter that F1 has from a sustainability perspective, actually within the high two or three.
“However the component that I feel this has helped crystallize in my thoughts as being vital is that this Tremendous Bowl second. So we will put much more concentrate on how we are able to create a British model of that.
“We aren’t Las Vegas. We aren’t Miami. However really, we’re a incredible motor race, and we’re already basically a really enjoyable, British summer season pageant.
“We’re going to work along with Jamie Scott to massively elevate the bar on the music at Silverstone. We wish to launch subsequent 12 months’s race with a stunningly good live performance on Thursday, with really world class artists.
“And I feel if we are able to try this, with that tenting, clamping – ‘Fuel-tonbury’ pageant – I feel that is the appropriate means for us to react.
“Nevertheless it’s not me feeling underneath stress. Our group has actually pushed itself during the last 5 or 6 years to actually elevate up our sport on the GP.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, 1st place, celebrates with followers, from the stage
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Miami’s success additionally delivered additional proof of the continued influence of the ‘Netflix impact’. In addition to a younger viewers watching trackside, it was noticeable on the Arduous Rock Stadium how F1 is now attracting an increasing number of females on board.
However immediately’s success can’t be assured tomorrow: which is why races have to make sure they ship sufficient to get folks again sooner or later.
“Netflix has been an important factor to occur to F1 in years,” added Pringle. “And the viewers is totally different: it is excellent news for everyone. We have to capitalize upon it. You have to hold them , you have to get them to return again once more.”
Pringle sees a much bigger image at play right here; and it is a view shared by Miami GP chief Tom Garfinkel. A rising tide lifts all ships larger; and having larger and higher races on the calendar is sweet information for everyone in driving up curiosity within the sport.
“A very good occasion in Miami isn’t a competitor to Silverstone,” mentioned Pringle. “It is complementary.
“I’ve heard quite a few British voices strolling round right here, we met a lot of them on the airplane popping out. However that is nice. And why would not they arrive right here?
“For those who’re a sports activities fan, have a seaside vacation watch an excellent race and it is achievable. It is self deciding on with their pricing technique right here, however there are sufficient folks that may afford to do it.”
For Pringle particularly, who’s open that Silverstone’s enterprise mannequin confronted dangers throughout the worst of the COVID pandemic, the longer term for his monitor is best now than it is ever been.
With Silverstone promoting out in file time this 12 months, the British GP has by no means been in higher well being – and that’s one thing that feedbacks in to F1 too.
“What’s nice in regards to the success that we’re having fun with, is it permitting us to quick monitor the funding into Silverstone that has been so desperately wanted for thus lengthy,” he mentioned.
“The BRDC [which owns the track] is basically not for revenue, apart from offering biscuits to go together with espresso. That is about what our members get.
“So the membership is reinvesting the cash that it’s making within the GP at Silverstone to make sure that we get a nationwide sporting asset that advantages the game as a complete.
“It is a excellent news story, as a result of the material of the place was at a reasonably low ebb after the Ecclestone years as a result of we could not make any cash.”
Followers cheer from the grandstands
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