They are presented as “the royalty of Formula 1 and the best quarterback in history,” but the Greatest praise still falls short of introducing Lewis Hamilton and Tom Brady, two true legends of the sport who formed a golf couple this Wednesday at an IWC watch firm event, ‘The Pilot Challenge’, held at the Miami Beach Golf Club.
The seven-time world champion and the seven-time Super Bowl Winner shared a few hours of sports and interviews with the local press after playing a Charity game in which Marcus Allen, a former NFL player, and businessman Brandon Okpalobi also participated.
Lewis Hamilton and Tom Brady, golf
“We’re Neighbors in New York, although we don’t see each other that much, but I always follow his games,” reveals Sir Lewis of Brady. The Englishman, who has been playing golf for “three years”, reserves his best talent for other sports disciplines.
“I’d like to say I’m like Tiger (Woods), but I’m pretty good at getting the ball out of the water,” he joked. Although they didn’t get to roll up his sleeves and test the Pond, his driving and putting skills confirm suspicions.
In any case, the result was the least of it. “I am very happy to be in Miami surrounded by Legends. It is the first time that my sport comes to this city and the days leading up to the event are already incredible.”
The Englishman is at least smiling, unlike when he left Imola with a 14th place. The luster of the participants is at the height of what will be the weekend in Florida. The non-permanent circuit has been built in Miami Gardens, in the surroundings of the Hard Rock Stadium, with a capacity of 240,000 spectators throughout the weekend (82,500 on Saturday and Sunday).
In the coming years it is intended to increase that figure. All the tickets, which were not cheap, have been sold: a ticket for access to the venue without a grandstand reached one thousand dollars. The teams are doing a real juggling to balance all their invitations or Paddock Club passes intended for VIPs.
Among the illustrious attendees, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, David Beckham, the Williams Sisters, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Denis Rodman and other stars of the screen, music or entertainment are expected. And what’s under all the glitter? A sport that wants to be big in the United States and that already has a mass of fans capable of packing venues, but it still cannot be classified as ‘mainstream’
The Miami Heat playoff crossover in the NBA is broadcast on the sports bar Televisions. And further north on the Peninsula, the Fort Lauderdale ice hockey team has qualified for the final phase of the Stanley Cup. Lewis Hamilton or Mercedes occupy some advertising screens in the city center or on the highways, but at the foot of the street locals still show surprise when asked about Formula 1.
In addition, the English driver and his German team will not even be the reference on the track. With these kinds of events, the great 2021 season as a mecha and the Netflix series as a condiment, Liberty Media wants its Championship to make headlines in North America.
They already have two races, Miami and Austin, soon to be three: Las Vegas comes in November 2023. In any case, few competitions complement sports and entertainment as well as F1, and those are two ingredients that work well in the United States.
Joined. It’s a matter of time. Perhaps the local driver is missing, although McLaren wants to study all the possibilities with Colton Herta, an IndyCar star, and they have designed a test program for him. Meanwhile, the home driver is Hamilton.