Fernando Alonso is curious to see how much the resurfacing of the Miami Grand Prix venue might impact performance for Aston Martin.
F1 hosted its inaugural event at the Miami International Autodrome in 2022 and, while the track has not undergone any major changes since, the circuit has been resurfaced ahead of the upcoming race weekend.
The event in Florida will be the first of three races to be held in the United States during 2023, and Alonso is looking forward to going back.
"It's good to be back in Miami!" Alonso said ahead of the weekend.
"It's a great place to visit for Formula 1 and we're excited for our first Grand Prix of the year in the U.S.A. I have always enjoyed visiting this country and I enjoy the approach
and passion for sports there."
An 'intense' weekend for Aston Martin
Aston Martin remain in second place in the Constructors' Championship following the recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix, in which Alonso finished fourth while teammate Lance Stroll ended the day in seventh.
Alonso was pleased with the performance of the AMR23, despite the Sprint weekend in Baku proving "intense".
"We are fresh from an intense weekend in Baku that saw us score 22 points as a team and finishing just one second away from another podium on Sunday," the two-time World Champion commented.
"The car performed well despite having limited time to set-up."
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Impact of resurfacing in Miami
Alonso is hopeful that the squad can maintain their level of performance in Miami, though acknowledges that the track resurfacing poses an unknown going into the weekend.
"The circuit there is a fast one, with lots of sweeping corners and long straights," Alonso added.
"It'll be interesting to see if the resurfacing has had an impact on the track and we'll get plenty of time to assess this on Friday.
"Our performance in Baku was encouraging and I hope to see similar results in Miami.
"We will be aiming to outscore our closest rivals again and put on a good show for the fans there."
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