Miami GP Preview – Wolff: ‘We will bring our first small upgrades this weekend’

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In Mercedes’ Miami Grand Prix preview, Toto Wolff says the team “will be looking to put in a stronger showing in Miami and optimise the car”.

“We’re ready for Miami and the first US race of the year,” Wolff said.

“It is a challenging circuit and, with the second Sprint of 2024, will provide another interesting test for the team.

“We didn’t perform at our best in China, making too many set-up changes ahead of Qualifying. That put us on the back foot for the rest of the weekend, although both drivers did well to bring home points.

“We will be looking to put in a stronger showing in Miami and optimise the car. We know we need to add more performance and will bring our first small upgrades of the season this weekend.

“Miami is one of the busiest off-track events of the year for the team, too. We’ve already enjoyed a fantastic few days in New York with our partner WhatsApp.

“It’s great to see the growth of both their brand and F1 in the US, to such an extent that we took over the Empire State Building and held a demonstration run down Fifth Avenue. It highlights the impact of our sport in the USA, and we look forward to building on that growth.

“We have a full schedule of events in Florida and look forward to a positive week on and off the track,” the Austrian concluded.

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Fact File: Miami Grand Prix

  • The 5.412 km Miami International Autodrome became the 11th track to host a Grand Prix in the USA when it first appeared on the calendar in 2022.
  • It became the 76th different venue to host a Formula One Grand Prix.
  • The track in Miami ranks high in terms of top speeds achieved comparative with other circuits; only Monza, the Circuit Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico and Las Vegas expected to see higher top speeds this season.
  • Miami – together with Baku – is among the highest circuits for drag sensitivity. Cars can reach a maximum speed of over 330km/h while accelerating down the back straight.
  • Several small tweaks were made to the track between its first race in 2022 and the second edition last year. These included the track being resurfaced with a new aggregate ahead of 2023, offering improved grip for the drivers with the aim of increasing overtaking opportunities.
  • Along with Austria and Las Vegas, Miami has the highest number of heavy braking events on the calendar with three.
  • 2024 will be the first time Miami has hosted a Sprint race weekend on the F1 calendar. After the previous race in China, this will be the second of six Sprint races in 2024.
  • The circuit runs through the grounds of the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team. As well as hosting six Super Bowls in its history, the site is also home to the ATP and WTA Miami Open tennis tournaments every March. The F1 paddock itself will again be set up on the pitch of the stadium.
  • Off track, the team will return with its Miami Club guest viewing experience for the third straight year, once again providing those in attendance with one of the best weekend hospitality experiences in all of sport.

Source: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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