Formula 1 drivers have been full of praise for the brand-new Miami Grand Prix track ahead of the inaugural event there this weekend.
The race will be held on a street circuit around the grounds of the Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team, in the first of two races taking place in the USA this year, the other being at Austin.
While drivers will not be able to physically drive around the Miami International Autodrome until the first Friday practice session, there have of course been tests run in the simulator.
Now, four drivers have shared what they think of the track with Motorsport.com and the news is all positive.
‘It was nice to see that it seems to be a really good track for overtaking,’ said Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas.
‘I think the way the track has been planned, I think, from my side, it looks positive. It should be good racing. Pretty long straights and a couple of really good overtaking opportunities.
‘So, let’s see how it is done in real life, but to me on paper, it looks good. And I’m sure as an event it’s going to be pretty amazing.’
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez added: ‘I think it has a little bit of a twisty area that is quite difficult to get right, and the visibility can be difficult.
‘But I think racing can be good with all those long straights. I just hope the asphalt can be good, and we can have good racing, because when we come to new circuits, we find some good surprises.’
The final touches are currently being added to the circuit, which has found its place on the calendar thanks to the increased interest in F1 in the States.
Organisers have promised that it will be a spectacular event, both on and off the track, but it remains to be seen if the circuit will be good enough to justify its place on the schedule ahead of more beloved, traditional European races.
New circuits have proven to be a mixed bag in recent years, and for every success such as Austin and Baku in Azerbaijan there have also been failures, like Sochi in Russia and Yeongam in South Korea.
But if the drivers’ words are anything to go by, Miami will be the former.
‘I’ve tried it and I must say it looks pretty awesome,’ Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri said.
‘I really liked the layout. Quite a lot of high-speed content, quite challenging, unusual type of corners, extremely long corners, very long straights.
‘I think we should have some pretty good American entertainment, good entertainment the whole weekend, so very excited about it, and the location is unique. So very hyped about the weekend.’
Gasly’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda added: ‘It’s really different, especially in sector three, it’s such tight corners.
‘If a safety car happens, I guess it’s going to be like a real traffic jam there, because it’s super tight, even on like a hot lap, it’s still quite slow corners.
‘So, it’s going to be interesting to see, but hopefully overtaking will be key for that track.’
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