Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for IWC Schaffhausen
It would be difficult to capture more
star power from the sports world than Tampa Bay Buccaneers
quarterback Tom Brady did in a photo Sunday at the Miami Grand
The NFL superstar posted a picture of
himself alongside NBA legend Michael Jordan, soccer legend David
Beckham and seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton:
That’s a lot of championships standing
side by side. Along with Hamilton’s F1 titles, Brady has won seven
Super Bowls, Jordan captured six NBA titles and Beckham secured 10 league
The photo helps showcase the rapid
growth of the sport’s popularity in the United States, which has
coincided closely with the smash-hit Netflix documentary Formula 1:
Drive to Survive, a behind-the-scenes series that debuted in 2019.
It’s the first time Miami has hosted an
F1 race as part of a 10-year deal, and the racing series is adding a
Las Vegas night race to its schedule in 2023. The U.S. Grand Prix, which has taken place in Texas since 2012, has been held on 50 occasions since 1908.
Hamilton explained Wednesday he was
surprised by how long it took F1 to catch on in a sport-rich country like the U.S., but he’s happy that’s started to change and believes the Miami event can become a hallmark event similar to
NASCAR’s Daytona 500 in Florida.
“At one stage we didn’t have a
Grand Prix here, then we only had one Grand Prix. Now we’re
expanding. I think this is going to be like our Super Bowl,”
Hamilton said. “I am so happy to be in Miami. This is the
sport’s first time here and the anticipation of this event has just
Getting public support from the likes
of Jordan, Brady and Beckham, an Englishman who now co-owns the Inter
Miami soccer club in MLS, provides a major boost to those efforts.
The Miami Grand Prix green flag is
scheduled to wave Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.