Having hosted its second event of a decade-long arrangement at the Hard Rock Stadium in May, Miami is one of three locations in the U.S. to host F1 races this year. The others include the much-anticipated night race taking place in Las Vegas in late November.
During the May edition of Miami’s Grand Prix, event CEO Tom Garfinkel hinted at the possibility of Miami emulating the Vegas example in the future.
Planning discussions around a night event have seemingly stalled with respect to the 2024 race, but the option remains a consideration for forthcoming events.
“We’ve looked at it a little bit,” revealed Miami GP President Tyler Epp in an exclusive media interview. Drawing inspirations from the Singapore Grand Prix, he continued, “Singapore was very helpful in terms of sharing how they do it. We’ve obviously had a discussion with Vegas — there could be some opportunities to work together.”
While admitting to the unlikelihood of the 2024 Grand Prix taking a nocturnal shift, Epp nonetheless maintained the ever-present scope for such considerations in due course. “I would tell you, it’s very, very unlikely for the 2024 version, but we will always look at opportunities to improve the experience if we deem as a group, and frankly, with the FIA and Formula 1 as well saying it does makes sense to look at Saturday night or a Sunday night or whatever it may be, we look at it. But for 2024 it’s not on the docket.”
From a practical viewpoint, Epp highlights the need to evaluate the benefits and implications of such a time shift. He argued that the fan experience could potentially be enhanced if the race was to take place under cooler temperatures.
He elaborated, “Depending on what we start to get year over year from just a weather perspective. I mean, those of you who were there… Sunday evening is much different than Sunday afternoon.”
Considering the potential positives of a later start time, Epp proposed that the shift “could be a benefit to the fan. Depending on what Formula One‘s strategy is for their broadcast, there could be some benefit there. Again, that’s up to them. We’re there to support their initiatives on that.”
In conclusion, Epp asserted that any decision would be framed around the interests of the Miami audience. “I think we have to look at those things. But we would center our analysis from our business perspective on what works for the fan in Miami. So we’d have to do a full analysis of that, and we haven’t scratched the surface there.”