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Miami was never interested in appealing to motorsport fans. It wants 'adventure seekers' who will spend whatever it takes on their ticket, plus $3k per night on food and accom. The event is a showcase for the Dolphins and for Liberty Media. On that basis it sounds like it was a success.
Sport is nothing without fans
 

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Think the general entry ticket for the week at LM this year is about 90 Euros, that's what I'm going with.
Haven't watched F1 in the flesh for about twenty years.
Just read about the land that Liberty have bought in Vegas to make permanent pits, regardless of what longevity that gp may have, land is generally a good investment.
 

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Well, the head-to-head ratings battle saw NASCAR get 2.6 million viewers on FS1, while F1 got a record 2.06 million on ABC.

I imagine that a few heads are going to roll at Miami in the coming weeks. The circuit's priority was to promote overtaking. It made Monaco look like Talladega on that front.

It was pitched at high net worth ticket buyers, happy to spend $10k+ for a premium experience that just happened to be an F1 race. They pay that money to avoid sitting in traffic for a couple of hours and to not watch their umbrellas blow away on the cabanas. Another fail.

More importantly, the core audience for the sport seems to have been universally shut out from the event in mind, body and spirit. It was tell9ing that the happiest 'fan' I saw on social media was a guy walking to his private jet getting a selfie with Valtteri Bottas, whose own jet was parked next to his on the apron.

Perhaps it should be renamed the 'Panem Grand Prix'. Given that the economy is completely screwed and we're all going to have to choose between food and heating this winter, watching the airheads and TikTokers on the grid is almost enough to make you a socialist.
 

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It's a changed world and folks have to accept that sport is now a business.
Watched it here in the UK on Sky, boring as truck until the Llando and Ghastly incident, even if Id got 44 million bucks in my back pocket I'd have thought it wasn't worth the sky high cost to be there.
I'm sure Vegas can lower the bar to be even more cringeworthy.
 

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Just read that the head honcho at the FIA, MBS has hinted he might re employ Michael Masi.
In the various ramblings about race directors by MBS he is quoted as saying, blah blah blah he made a mistake, blah blah blah it was human error.

An interesting viewpoint by the FIA, he trucked up, I might re employ him, I wonder if this is a subversive way of getting Lou Lou to tow the line on piercings and Jewellery, follow the rules or we'll get MM back on board.

Imho rules are rules ,follow them, impliment them, or don't have rules, no one should be bigger than the rules.
 

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Imho rules are rules ,follow them, impliment them, or don't have rules, no one should be bigger than the rules.
The problem has been in recent years under first Bernie and now Liberty as they have tried to grow in to new regions, and especially the US, that the personalities and the show have been more important than the race and the rules have only been applied to the point of not effecting the show or upsetting the personalities. With the changes in FIA personal they have now decided that the rules are the rules and F1 will follow them like everyone else. Like everywhere in life when a new boss comes in they have their way and some feathers always get ruffled but if you don't like it you are always free to leave.
 

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...the rules have only been applied to the point of not effecting the show...
Or interpreted to make the show more exciting

The saddest thing about the Miami race is the pre-race tat left a bigger impression than the race itself. No doubt Vagas will want to own that reputation.

Another thing (starting to sound like a GOGS post), when trawling through media F1 news stories the majority are about LH & MB woes which really annoys me, what about the other guys in the show, you know the ones not on the podium or world champions?
 

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I think that the FIA's position is untenable re: Masi as it stands. You fire the guy for making the wrong decision but uphold the result of said decision. From an HR perspective, I imagine they're on sticky wicket there and reputationally Masi will, at the very least, want some sort of endorsement that he isn't a cretin.
 

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Another thing (starting to sound like a GOGS post), when trawling through media F1 news stories the majority are about LH & MB woes which really annoys me,
To be a real Formula One commentator/reporter you should know something about the sport. If one is not, it is easier to just talk about people/organizations. Their foibles or woes.
 
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I think formula 1 is a business, albeit conducted through sport, Liberties function is to make profit, as large as possible and as quickly as possible.
Dodo the wolf wants three races in China..... simply because China is a big market for Stuttgart taxis, cringeworthy as Miami was I'm sure that Vegas can hit a new low next year.
To push for even greater revenue stream opportunities, the likes of Silverstone, Monza and Spa face very sticky futures.
 

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I didn't watch it honest...Eurovision...the worlds biggest 'popularity vote'...nowt about the best music...Ukraine were always going to win the public vote by miles.

...all that tat and bullsh*t would be right at home at an American F1 venue.
 

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Hope chocolate eclair does better in Monaco in three weeks time than today.
After several demonstration laps he managed to reverse Niki Laudas 1974 312b3 into the barriers at Rascasse.
Msr Ickx managed all his laps incident free in the 1972 312b2.
Carlos is going to be ribbing Leclerc later this week I feel.
 

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Do find the c---p media interesting not a lot about the actual racing but driver speculation were only a few races in and they are at it again , will he go , will he retire, will he go to another team so far that has been said about half the field .
Were into a new era for F1 so time is needed to settle down , cars and drivers , some teams always steal a march on others , this yeaq it's the Bull's turn , to be up the top with this time Ferrari, but we all know Ferrari are they able to put it all together and hold it all together for the season, there will be many changes to cars during this initial year , so there may well be some suprises during the way.
 

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In the wake of Miami, the razzmatazz has led to some unfavourable comparisons for existing events, most notably the British GP. This is of course the occasion that Max Mosley described as 'a world-class sporting event that's run like a village fête and smells of fried onions'.

Silverstone's now making its pitch to be the 'most sustainable Grand Prix' as its unique selling point and the first to hit the goals that have been set for F1 to become 'carbon neutral' by 2030.

Which is about as much bull as you can fit into one single statement. About anything.

Ever.
 

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If you have the money you can become carbon neutral overnight by just dropping lots of funds in to carbon reducing projects. Problem is this doesn't mean you are doing anything to reduce your carbon output which is what is needed. Some of these carbon reduction projects aren't even increasing carbon reduction, just protecting what's already there.

Is Silverstone going to surround the circuit with wind farms to be totally electric green? Will it ban all air traffic? Will the spectators have to have an electric car, walk or cycle to get a ticket? Will F1 be using 100% carbon free fuel by then?.

End of the day it's about not generation CO2 not just being carbon neutral.
 
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