Alpine sees Formula 1 growth ahead of Miami Grand Prix

F1 2022 Alpine BWT Miami GP preview

The BWT Alpine F1 Team looks ahead to the fifth race weekend of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Miami Grand Prix. Drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and team principal Otmar Szafnauer share their thoughts on the fifth race of the season in Miami.

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Otmar Szafnauer: “It is absolutely fantastic that Formula 1 is going to Miami. It’s an excellent place to showcase Formula 1 for the first time, so we’re all looking forward to putting the cars there on the track and driving the track. Formula 1 has always been popular in America. I remember seeing my first race in Detroit in the 1980s, which inspired me to pursue a career in motorsport. It’s fantastic that Formula 1 is now expanding in America, inspiring new fans, discovering new cities and a fresh audience to an established global sport. This year we have two races in America, next year it will be three and more, who knows. There are many opportunities and that is exciting for our sport.”

F1 2022 Alpine BWT Miami GP preview

Esteban Ocon: “Looks like we’ve been talking about Miami for years! And then it’s finally here, which is very exciting for everyone involved in the sport. Formula 1 has grown so much in the United States in recent years and Miami is such an iconic city, so it should be a fun weekend and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve only seen Miami in the movies and I’ve kind of seen what the track and facilities will look like and it all looks very impressive. But for my part, I prepared well in the simulator and discussed with the team how best to approach this new circuit. Driving on a new track is always exciting because you don’t know what to expect until you drive there. But the approach and preparation remain the same as for all other race weekends.”

Fernando Alonso: “I like racing in America and we have seen in recent years how big Formula 1 is getting there. Miami is another new one and I’m curious what the track looks like in real life. I think we’ve seen the racing get mixed results after four races. There were quite a few overtakes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. In Australia and Imola it was difficult to overtake as expected. I think it’s too early to judge. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have created unique overtaking opportunities, so maybe it was more track specific why we saw more overtaking there. strategies and opportunities in the race.”