Formula One’s viewership has grown in recent years, thanks to the rise in popularity of the sport driven by the Netflix series Drive to Survive. The sport’s major market has shifted from Europe to the United States of America which will soon host its second race of the season in Miami.
McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo cannot wait for the upcoming Miami Grand Prix which will be the first race held in Florida’s ‘party city‘. The Aussie has a large fanbase in the USA and has regularly appreciated the American crowds, especially during the race weekend in Austin.
Daniel Ricciardo talks about the upcoming race in Miami and the still unfamiliar track on the American TV show ‘The Daily Show.’ He cannot wait ton drive around the Hard Rock Stadium circuit and witness the crazy atmosphere in Miami.
Daniel Ricciardo: “Driving around the Hard Rock Stadium will be crazy“
Having been on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah twice as a guest, Daniel Ricciardo revisited the show ahead of the Miami GP. The host, Trevor Noah asked the McLaren driver about the challenges of driving in a new circuit that he has not driven before and how do drivers prepare for such races.
Ricciardo responded, “It’s a challenge. There are circuits that I can drive completely in my head and visualize within a second. I don’t want to say it’s difficult, but in a big city – most circuits are in the middle of nowhere because you just need a lot of space – In Miami, we drive around the Hard Rock Stadium and it will be crazy.“
The Aussie has been preparing for the Miami GP on simulators and described the preparations for the new racetrack. “It gives you the opportunity to possibly find something faster than the rest. As a result, the gaps between us maybe bigger.”
McLaren has made changes to their struggling MCL36 which has resulted in a turnaround in performance since the Australian GP. Lando Norris claimed a podium in Imola but Daniel Ricciardo finished last after colliding with Carlos Sainz in the first lap of the race. The Aussie will be hoping to make a decent impact in Miami.