The inaugural Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, which took place at the Miami International Autodrome, featured a countless number of stars and VIP guests, but criticism of the otherwise glitzy, popular and celebrity-rich Miami GP is continuing to flow.
While several Formula 1 drivers expressed their dissatisfaction with the track layout and asphalt surface, there were also problems with the way in which the company charged with running the VIP-oriented Paddock Club organized the events, which has led to many complaints after the Miami Grand Prix.
Thomas Wesley Pentz, known professionally as Diplo, a well-known American DJ who worked at several Miami GP parties, was not at all pleased with Red Bull’s hospitality at the Miami Grand Prix, so much so that he wandered off to Ferrari instead.
Diplo was one of the many VIP guests that were invited to the Miami Grand Prix, as musicians, athletes and Instagram celebrities received the luxury Formula 1 treatment over the three days in the vicinity of the Hard Rock stadium in order to promote the event and give it that razzle-dazzle of Hollywood glamour, which in Formula 1 is specific to the Monaco Grand Prix.
There was a makeshift party beach and a fake marina on display to soak up the Miami heat, but it seems that some of the accommodation set up was maybe a little too makeshift. Diplo complained that the Red Bull hospitality unit was so bad that he could not even get a sandwich, and the cramped space there eventually became unbearable.
“I still don’t know anything about F1. I don’t care about Formula 1 at all, but I care about parties,” he said after the Miami Grand Prix – “It was this bad box, like a jail. Also they had no food, and all I wanted was a sandwich, so I left.”
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Having already made Ferrari’s acquaintance, the American DJ chose to leave the Red Bull party and head over to Scuderia Ferrari’s hospitality where he enjoyed a multiple-storied tent, a manicured garden, an espresso bar and flowing Bollinger champagne.
“There was a group of seven of us, and three people didn’t have passes, including me. A woman came over to us, and I thought she was going to kick us out, but she was just like, ‘I see you have some extra friends here.’ Ferrari had already tagged me on social media, so I knew I would be fine.” – he added.
DJ Diplo admitted that he also talked his way into a working area along the track, where mechanics were rotating tires and data scientists were running metrics and was surprised to run into the former first lady Michelle Obama.