Spanish GP – Not all F1 events have to be like Miami –

BARCELONA, Spain — After the hype and pleasure of the Miami Grand Prix, this weekend’s race in Spain feels like a return to normality for Formula One.

Miami joined Austin, Texas, as a U.S. F1 race host this 12 months, and the May 8 occasion had a Super Bowl really feel to it, with events selling the race all week and a paddock filled with celebrities and sporting icons.

Lewis Hamilton performed golf with Tom Brady forward of the weekend and spent the hours earlier than the race exhibiting Michael Jordan across the Mercedes storage.

A 3rd U.S. race, the Las Vegas Grand Prix, joins the schedule subsequent 12 months and is anticipated to elevate the bar even larger.

This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix has a lot much less ceremony round it. The Circuit de Catalunya, northeast of Barcelona, has been a mainstay on the schedule since 1991 and often doubles up as a preseason testing venue, which means ceremony across the race is commonly missing.

Guenther Steiner, boss of America’s solely F1 group, Haas, stated Miami’s method doesn’t want to develop into the blueprint for non-U.S. events.

When requested if races like Spain want to up their recreation now in response to Miami, Steiner stated: “I feel we have bought so many several types of events now. We do not have the stereotype racetrack like within the ’80s the place every thing was the identical at every race. If it wasn’t the identical, it was dangerous now. I feel we have discovered now there’s a couple of approach to do that.

“If you evaluate Austin to Miami, there may be lots of people in each of them, however they’re fully completely different events in how they’re structured. I feel earlier than it was a traditional race after which was Monte Carlo.

“Spain can keep Spain if they need — I do not assume Spain wants to be Miami. I feel Spain, if they’ll make it work like it’s, there may be sufficient viewers that may choose what they like. Loads of arduous-core followers like to come right here to watch racing automobiles, folks like quick automobiles and for lots of partying they go to Miami, these events. I feel now you have a alternative to do what you need to do.”

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly, who joked that photographers and digicam operators is not going to be chasing celebrities round this weekend like they had been in Miami, urged present promoters ought to have a look at what made that race so particular.

“Personally, I do really feel Miami is extra the kind of F1 vibe and ambiance you consider when you concentrate on Formula One,” he stated. “I feel it was actually cool — I like it. I like leisure, that is why I like America. When you go to NBA, NFL, that is the kind of present you see. I’m glad F1 has taken that kind of route and put such a loopy present on in Miami. I can not wait to see what they are going to do in Las Vegas as effectively.”

The Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday will be dwell on ESPN2 at 8.55 a.m. ET.

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