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Formula 1 Heading To Miami With It's Palm Trees And... Fake Water

When you think Miami, you think sun, beach, water... not vinyl floor covering.

Florida will host its first Formula 1 race in 63 years this weekend, with the Miami Grand Prix kicking off next week. 

Now, when you think Miami, you think sun, beach, water. 

I guess it’s only fitting then, that the Miami Grand Prix was planned to take place along the water front. 

Now, when you think Miami waterfront you, once again think… water 

But as images of the venue surfaced on social media this week, there was a very noticeable absence of H2O. 

Instead of the waterfront venue which was originally planned, the track has been carved out of the Hard Rock Stadium carpark. 

Now, when you think carpark, you don’t think water… unless there’s been a severe weather event. 

To recreate the harbour atmosphere, several boats have been towed to the inside of the track. 

But what about the water? Well, hoping to replicate the real thing, someone took a trip to an office supply store and stocked up on water printed wallpaper. 

The wallpaper has been put on the floor, and motorsport fans could spot the difference. 

They couldn’t help by a giggle at the lacklustre “marina”, poking fun at the faux harbour — located 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. 

It’s safe to say there is definitely no diving allowed, as Matt Amys highlighted on Twitter. 


Swimming is also a no, no, as reporter Craig Slater pointed out.


The harbour mocking has overshadowed quite a historical event. It will be the 11th venue in the United States to host an F1 race, and 77th overall. 

More than 80,000 fans are expected to attend, with pre-sale tickets selling out in less than 40 minutes. 

And hopefully, everyone in attendance is aware of the wallpaper situation, so this doesn’t become a reality.