Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Formula 1 Weekend Schedule


Ferrari Fan Much?

One thing that sets auto racing apart from many sports for the spectators is that you can make a three day weekend out of one race! Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a big one day sports event like the Superbowl, Kentucky Derby, or the Indy 500, but a three day event should be about 300% MORE! Of course you can spend the entire month of May at the Indy 500 for all the practices, qualifying, road race, and etc too. Oh the World Series does all right with up to 7 games over 10 days or so with the travel days off. And hey, if you want a FULL DAY of sports, there are 24 hour events like the endurance race in France at LeMans too. 

The typical Formula 1 weekend spreads the action out over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so if you are attending one of these events, you better gear up and be ready for the weather too! One exception is the F1 race in Monaco, which normally starts practice on Thursday, takes a day off on Friday, and then resumes on Saturday and Sunday. I'm not sure if this is to allow everyone another day to party like a Yacht-Star, or just to allow the entire country to conduct business on Friday. This year's race in Las Vegas will be a bit different also, with the main race on Saturday night under the lights on the strip. Oh well, let's take a look at our upcoming May trip to Miami for the F1 race. 

Friday kicks it off with 2 practice sessions for the F1 race cars, but wait, there's more! In addition to the Formula 1 teams, there is also a Porsche Cup North America race, so the Porsches will be on track doing their own practice sessions on Friday too. So, if we want to catch all the action we'll get to the track after lunch, and watch all 4 practice sessions, and still have time to wander around the grounds, check out the food, see the souvenir stands, grab a beverage or two, and etc.

FRIDAY 5th MAY   Local time
Porsche Carrera Cup North America First Practice Session 16:00 - 16:30
Porsche Carrera Cup North America Second Practice Session 19:25 - 19:55

On Saturday, the F1 teams get a final practice session, and then the important Qualifying session too. For the Porsche teams, they get to qualify first on Saturday, and then return to the track later for their first of two races on the weekend. Oh no, we'll have to get there in the MORNING to watch the Porsche qualifying, the horror! On the other hand, Saturday should be all wrapped up before dinner, and I'll bet there's a Cubano sandwich with my name on it somewhere in Miami. 

Porsche Carrera Cup North America Qualifying Session 10:15 - 10:45
Porsche Carrera Cup North America First Race (40 Mins +1 Lap) 14:05 - 14:50

Sunday is race day for both the F1 drivers and the second race for the Porsche series. On top of that, there is all the pre-race hoopla of a driver parade where the F1 drivers ride around the track to wave to the fans, followed by forming the cars up on the grid, the National Anthem, and finally the actual race. Our seats are on the start-finish straight, so we should have a pretty good view of the festivities, and be able to see into some of the garages on the pit lane.                                                                          

Porsche Carrera Cup North AmericaSecond Race (40 Mins +1 Lap)12:25 - 13:10
Formula 1Drivers' Parade13:30 - 14:00
Promoter ActivityGrid Presentation14:00 - 14:30
Formula 1National Anthem15:14 - 15:16
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (57 LAPS OR 120 MINS)15:30 - 17:30

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