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1 big thing: Your guide to the Miami Grand Prix

Driver Max Verstappen races at the Miami Grand Prix last year. Photo: Michael Potts/BSR Agency/Getty Images

Miami is going racing this weekend, as the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix kicks off Friday at Hard Rock Stadium.

Why it matters: F1 β€” an international racing championship β€” has exploded in popularity in the U.S. due to the Netflix docuseries "Formula 1: Drive to Survive."

  • The Miami Grand Prix, one of 24 races on this year's calendar, debuted at Hard Rock in 2022 as part of a 10-year contract.

How it works: Twenty drivers will race 57 laps around the Miami International Autodrome, navigating sharp turns and top-speed straightaways.

  • F1 cars can reach speeds of up to 235 mph and takes corners at over 100 mph.
  • A Grand Prix weekend is made up of different practices and qualifying sessions, leading up to Sunday's race at 4pm.
  • New this year to Miami is the sprint race, a short race on Saturday before the big show that gives fans more to cheer for and awards extra points to drivers.

Star power: The Miami Grand Prix has attracted a lot of celebrities over the last two years, including Bad Bunny, Tom Cruise, Jeff Bezos and Shakira.

  • This year, Latin Grammy award-winning singer Marc Anthony will perform the national anthem before the race. Kaytranada, Don Omar and Ed Sheeran will also perform over the Grand Prix weekend.

If you go: Official tickets to the Miami Grand Prix start at $450 for a three-day campus pass without an assigned seat. A three-day ticket with assigned seating cost $600, but sales are now closed.

  • On the resale market, as of Thursday you could find a Friday practice session ticket for as low as $30 and a Saturday ticket for the sprint race and qualifying for $160.

Expect road closures through 10pm Sunday, including full ramp closures on Florida's Turnpike at Exit 2X and the entrance ramps from Hard Rock Stadium.

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2. πŸ€‘ Miami GP on a budget

Fans check out a Mercedes F1 car at a free event last year. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Don't want to pay hundreds to watch a car race when I-95 is already full of aspiring F1 drivers you can hate-watch for free?

  • You can also watch the race at home or at one of several watch parties happening around the city.

Esplanade at Aventura will have a giant screen broadcasting the Grand Prix on Saturday from noon–5pm and Sunday from 3:30pm–6:30pm. There will also be F1 car simulators and themed cocktails.

Racing Fan Fest, a free F1-themed event, returns to Wynwood from Thursday through Sunday with a Red Bull Racing model car, a pit-stop challenge and screens to watch the race.

Bodega South Beach will host an F1-themed party Saturday night with a guest DJ spinning into the morning. On Sunday from noon–2pm, there will be $5 draft margaritas for Cinco de Mayo.

Go deeper: Event features South Florida's own Logan Sargeant

3. πŸ—£οΈ Q&A with Formula 1 team boss

McLaren Racing chief executive Zak Brown. Photo: Michael Santiago/Getty Images

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown β€” the American face of Formula 1 β€” thinks the sport's popularity in the U.S. will only keep growing.

  • We sat down with Brown to discuss his journey to F1 and how he believes the sport is more competitive than ever.

This Q&A has been edited for clarity.

What do you like to do when you're in Miami?

"Golf is definitely on the agenda as are nice restaurants, but at all race weekends what I like to do most is be at the race track."

Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen is dominating the sport. How can F1 improve parity between teams?

"Formula 1 has never been more competitive … Yes, we do have one guy who's running away with it. But if you look at every other data point, the sport's never been closer."

  • Brown says last year was the first time in F1 history that five teams had seven or more podium finishes. Once teams close the gap to Verstappen β€” "which will happen" β€” fan excitement will only increase.

Keep reading: How F1 can develop American talent

4. πŸ’ƒ Things to do this weekend

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Not interested in this weekend's Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix? No sweat. There's plenty to do this weekend around town that doesn't involve fast cars.

πŸ“š Little Haiti Book Festival: This year's free event is an all-day festival, featuring hands-on children's activities, dance and music performances, games and panel discussions and interactive sessions.

  • Sunday, 11am at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.

🍹 Cinco de Mayo Celebrations: Restaurants and bars throughout the city are offering food and drink deals all weekend long for the annual celebration, which we'd like to note is not Mexican Independence Day.

  • Time Out Miami's curated list features 25 deals and events.
  • Standouts include Coyo Taco's $5 margarita special on Sunday at each of its five locations, Magic 13 Brewery's weekend-long party with mariachi music, tacos and margaritas, and Caja Caliente's $5 beer and cocktails deal.

More events: Mother's Day shopping, pop-up vintage market

5. πŸ• Our pizza champion

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Round of applause for Mister 01, Miami's best pizza spot, according to Axios readers.

State of slice: The championship round pitted top seeds Mister 01 and Lucali against each other.

  • Mister 01 came out on top, with 58% of the vote.
A bracket-style competition to determine Miami's best pizza. Mister 01 defeated Lucali in the final round.
Bracket: Axios visuals

Reminder: This was a highly unscientific survey, but we hope the competition solidified in everyone's minds that Miami is, in fact, a pizza city.

  • More importantly, we hope this week reminded you to celebrate the amazing servers, chefs and families who make the Miami food scene shine.

Thanks for voting! If you enjoyed the bracket and have ideas for another one we should run, hit reply or email [email protected].

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πŸ• Sommer is thinking she'll have to have a slice of pizza this weekend, to celebrate our champion, of course.

πŸ‘€ Martin saw a lot of local kids wearing Lionel Messi's Inter Miami jersey in Machu Picchu Pueblo.

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This newsletter was edited by Jeff Weiner and copy edited by Nicole Ortiz and Anjelica Tan.