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Fernando Alonso

Alonso calls for changes after Miami pre-race driver introductions

The Miami Grand Prix featured a unique pre-race build-up, including a driver introduction ceremony. This has sparked plenty of reaction, with Fernando Alonso amongst those to explain what he "disagrees" with about the format.

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Fernando Alonso believes that changes should be made if the driver introduction ceremony featured at the Miami Grand Prix is brought back.

Prior to the event taking place, all 20 drivers were introduced to the crowds by rapper LL Cool J as part of the build-up at the Miami International Autodrome.

However, the ceremony has drawn mixed reactions, with Alonso amongst those to admit that he is "not a big fan".

The Spaniard believes that other aspects of the pre-race build-up need to be removed if the driver introduction feature is used again.

"I understand the point of view of everybody but I'm not a big fan of those kinds of things just before the race," Alonso told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"If we have to do it, I think we need to remove some of the other stuff we are doing like the parade lap or something like that, because it's really in the middle of the preparation with the engineers and the strategy meeting."

What Alonso 'disagrees' with about driver introductions

If the feature does return, Alonso feels that it should be used at all races, rather than being a one-off part of the build-up in Miami.

"I disagree a little bit [in terms of] if we do it, we have to do it everywhere, because I don't think that the Miami fans are better than the Italian fans in Imola or in Spain or in Mexico or in Japan," the Aston Martin driver said.

"I think we need to make everyone with the same rules and the same show before the race."

Alonso went on to finish the race in P3, claiming his fourth podium result of the 2023 F1 season so far.

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