For the second edition of the Miami Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly will travel to Florida in the colors of Alpine F1. The French pilot was already the muse of the event last year, and he still made an operation with the Miami Dolphins, the NFL team which resides at Hard Rock Stadium.
“I’m super excited because last year was one of the most epic races on the calendar” said Gasly, who has high hopes for the 2023 edition. “There’s a lot of hype around the event, because it’s not just about the racing.”
“It’s about the whole weekend, but also about the energy and the atmosphere. The circuit is cool, very technical and what matters to me is winning, so I’m preparing to hope leave Miami in May with a trophy in our hands.”
In the Dolphins stadium, he met one of the team’s receivers, Tyreek Hill. The latter won the Superbowl with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining Miami, with whom he reached the playoffs this year. Hill beat Gasly in a 100m sprint, but the F1 driver didn’t hold it against his rival of the day.
“Although I don’t like to lose, I liked meeting Tyreek because I have a lot of respect for him and for all the other guys because I know what it takes to be a top athlete. Personally, I always enjoy coming here, interacting with the Miami Dolphins and being able to exchange gifts with some of the players.”
“You really feel the team spirit, because if you compare it to Formula 1, we’re just two drivers in a team. Here it’s a much bigger facility and I really like that environment and those vibes.”
Tickets donated to local restaurants
While in Miami Gardens, Gasly surprised vendors at two local minority-owned restaurants by handing them “Golden Tickets” to attend this year’s race.
The first lucky recipients were the owners of Reggae Beets, an establishment specializing in Jamaican cuisine, while the second is Italian Vice, an Italian ice cream seller. Gasly also participated in a tasting of the star menu of local businesses that will be offered to customers during the event.
A total of 14 minority-owned restaurants located in Miami Gardens and surrounding communities have been selected to participate as food vendors at this year’s event in May.
“I’m always happy to help support local people and businesses here and bring them some excitement by surprising them with a Golden Ticket. It’s important to recognize the positive impact this has and I’m sure that they will have a great time. Last year was a huge success, I can’t wait to race again in Miami.”
A golden surprise for a few of our minority-restaurant partners ✨
Today at @HardRockStadium, @PierreGASLY surprised @reggaebeets and @italian_vice with our #MiamiGP Golden Ticket invitation for this year’s race ! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/G7vHIo07wG
— F1 Miami Grand Prix (@f1miami) January 26, 2023