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Formula One Miami Brings Racing, Legal Trouble, and $100,000 Tables at Clubs

Miami’s first F1 race has faced strong resistance, but now luxury brands are going big.

Red Bull Racing driver Patrick Friesacher does doughnuts during the F1 Festival at Bayfront Park on Oct. 20, 2018, in Miami. The event was meant to drum up interest and awareness of Formula One racing in the U.S. The 2022 Miami Grand Prix takes place May 6-8 at the Miami International Autodrome in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Red Bull Racing driver Patrick Friesacher does doughnuts during the F1 Festival at Bayfront Park on Oct. 20, 2018, in Miami. The event was meant to drum up interest and awareness of Formula One racing in the U.S. The 2022 Miami Grand Prix takes place May 6-8 at the Miami International Autodrome in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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For racing fans, Miami’s first-ever Formula One race, on May 8, will be one of the most exciting events of the year.

Preceded by one day of practice and one day of qualifying rounds, Sunday’s F1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix will feature seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton and current leaders Charles LeClerc, Max Verstappen, and Sergio Perez vying for position around a 3.3-mile track at Hard Rock Stadium inside the Miami International Autodrome. The stadium’s stands alone will hold roughly 80,000, according to organizers.