Sullivan praises ‘great layout’ for inaugural F1 race in Miami

The 1988 CART champion, who scored his only F1 points at the 1983 Monaco Grand Prix, plans to visit the circuit shortly, which last week completed its latest milestone of a ‘topping out’ ceremony for its pit and paddock building .

Sullivan spoke to at a reception in Miami’s Design District that showcased the North American debut of the ARES S1 supercar and an art exhibit by his former Garvin Brown Racing Formula Atlantic teammate Hubert Phipps.

“I’ve been there twice when it was pretty easy, but I’ll ride it next week when it’s done,” Sullivan said. “I was told that they did a really good job on the track. It looks like a great layout on paper.”

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The 3.36-mile, 19-turn circuit at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens was scheduled to receive its third and final layer of asphalt over the weekend, putting it well on schedule for the May 8 race.

Sullivan believes the event will also benefit from being close to a large stadium complex without the disadvantages of a “roval” if organizers had chosen that route, such as using the Homestead-Miami Speedway street course south of town or the originally intended venue on the downtown street.

“I like what they have there,” Sullivan said of the track design that winds around the home stadium of the NFL team, the Miami Dolphins. “Apart from Daytona, I’ve never liked Roval-style tracks because it’s always a compromise.

“But what you have around the stadiums is the infrastructure and that helps a lot. Getting people on and off is an important factor and it’s in a great location at the end of the turnpike.

“If you think back to all the politics, I think it’s a great solution because they would never get a downtown street race sanctioned. It’s so difficult these days with the noise and complaining residents – even though it’s pretty quiet in Miami in May.”

Danny Sullivan, Tyrrell 011, 1983 Monaco Grand Prix

Danny Sullivan, Tyrrell 011, 1983 Monaco Grand Prix

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Sullivan also believes the huge surge in F1 interest in America, which drew 400,000 people to last year’s United States Grand Prix at COTA and led to a sell-out of tickets for Miami’s inaugural event, is due to the “Netflix effect”. is Drive to survive Series.

“Give credit where credit is due, America’s growth owes everything Drive to survive, and Sean Bratches was the brains behind it,” he said. “She [F1] Paid for it, Netflix didn’t, and it impacted America because it was done so well.”

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