–by Mark Cipolloni–
The rain has subsided and there is no flooding of the Miami circuit.
Organizers have shown off the new paddock club ahead of the race in May, with photos of a dry track, putting worries over the recent flooding to rest.
Our brand new @F1 Paddock Club is coming along nicely 👀
— F1 Miami Grand Prix (@f1miami) April 15, 2023
April 14, 2023
(GMM) Just 20 days ahead of Formula 1’s return to Miami, the street circuit is under water.
Social media images show people walking knee-deep through water in the paddock of the Miami International Autodrome.
A year ago, drivers were already scathing of the condition of the asphalt surface, with Fernando Alonso describing the off-line grip as “not F1 standard”. It has since been completely repaved.
Now, nearby Fort Lauderdale has even declared a state of emergency after historic rainfall – with more rain predicted to fall across South Florida in the coming days.
Formula 1 or Miami race officials are yet to comment.
Last year, Sebastian Vettel caused a stir by walking into the Miami paddock with a climate change-inspired t-shirt reading: “Miami 2060: First Grand Prix underwater”.