Miami GP: F1's newest circuit gets mixed reviews from drivers as some call for surface change

Miami Grand Prix circuit

The inaugural Miami Grand Prix is held later this evening as F1 races in the US for the first time this season and many are intrigued just to see what racing action is thrown up.

Ultimately, this is the biggest test of the event as, for all the glitz and glamour in the build-up, it’s the on-circuit action that will be remembered most of all and if the racing is good then we have a largely successful event.

With every new venue, hearing what the drivers think of it is always interesting and, whilst many have enjoyed driving around it and experiencing a brand new layout, some have also suggested that the surface of the track, which has got a lot of marbles off of the racing line, needs to be relaid ahead of 2023.

Let’s take a look at what some of the field has said this weekend about the circuit around the Hard Rock stadium…

Sergio Perez:

“Most importantly the circuit surface is a joke.

“The racing is going to be difficult. You’re going to have drivers making mistakes because we’ve been put in this situation.”

Fernando Alonso:

“It’s still very difficult to go off-line.

“There is like gravel out of line. So it’s going to be difficult.

“We said yesterday that the track, the tarmac is not F1 standards. There’s nothing we can do, I think this weekend we need to put [on] a show. But this has to change for next year, it’s very difficult to race like this.”

Lando Norris

“It’s a joke.

“Carlos [Sainz] brought it up yesterday and I think there’s some things that we understand and we know better than maybe what they can see, because we know where a few more risks are and where the car’s on the limit and things like that so.

“Considering it got brought up and it’s a safety thing and something that we gave advice on and nothing was done then I think it was the same as what Lance [Stroll] said.”

Miami Grand Prix circuit
MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 07: Pierre Gasly of Scuderia AlphaTauri and France and Yuki Tsunoda of Scuderia AlphaTauri and Japan during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 07, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton:

“I think the track’s awesome.

“It’s a different characteristic. It’s not the same as every other one.

“There’s a couple of bumps that we could probably fix. The chicane, we should probably get rid of the chicane. But otherwise it’s great.”

Pierre Gasly:

“It’s really hard.

“A bit too bumpy, I would say. Turn one, turn three, turn five, it’s quite bumpy.

“But then after I really like the high-speed section also. You can crash cars over the kerbs and carry quite a lot of speed there, it’s quite nice.

“I’m not a massive fan of that Formula E chicane, that very tight chicane. I prefer high-speed corners, especially with the car that we have. But overall, I must say it’s a really cool track to try to drive on.”

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