May 4th, 2022

2022 Miami Grand Prix - Preview

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal: “We are really happy to head to Miami for a new race in a brand-new venue. Formula One has got a global appeal and we can see how healthy the sport is just by judging the crowds we had at the races so far: to add another destination event like Miami is just going to boost the popularity of our sport even more and I am sure the whole weekend will be spectacular. We approach this race in a strong position and with a confident mood: we showed in Imola, where we fought for the highest positions, that our form from the beginning of the season was not a fluke. We are actually improving with every round, and we are in a situation in which we can reap the rewards of our work, but we cannot get carried away. The whole field is still very compressed and a minor swing in performance, be it track-related or due to upgrades, can mean the balance can shift significantly. That’s why we have to keep working hard to extract everything from our package: we know we can score big in every race, but execution needs to be flawless if we want to beat our rivals.”

Valtteri Bottas (Car 77): “I am really excited about racing in Miami. I just spent some days in the US, visiting friends and cycling with my partner, and I’ve really enjoyed the atmosphere: I am sure the race in Florida will be an incredible show as America has got us used to. The track seems quite cool, with good overtaking opportunities and the potential for some fun racing: I think the layout designers did a good job on paper and hopefully this will be the case in reality when we hit the track. We arrive in Miami knowing we can have another good weekend: we scored points in every race we finished so far and we want to continue this strong moment. There is a growing sense of confidence in the team, we know we can do well on every track and it’s in our hands to go out there and deliver the goods.”

Zhou Guanyu (Car 24): “Miami is a good opportunity to get back on track and continue our good work. I am happy with the progression I have done so far and I want to keep growing – and bring home more points. I have been close to or in the top ten in most of the races so far, so we are heading in the right direction: I am in no hurry and I know I need to keep putting in the hard work, then the results will come. The track in Miami is, of course, new for me, even though I have driven it in the simulator: however, it’s a new track for everyone so, in this regard, I start for the first time on the same level as everyone else. As always, we will need to maximise every session in the run-up to qualifying, making sure we get the most out of our car: I am confident we can have another strong showing this weekend.”