Nic de Vries walked across Miami Beach this week in a blazer, blazer, and long pants. The Dutchman wanted to prepare for the Grand Prix. In the States, he’s keen to put his weekend in Azerbaijan behind him.
Miami’s Nic de Vries has repeated what he has confirmed several times in recent days. The Dutchman from AlphaTauri is delighted that he can lead another race a week after his disappointment at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. He said this at a news conference in one of the locker rooms at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium after drawing attention to the storm victims in Emilia-Romagna. “I would like to express my condolences to the people in Faenza,” said de Vries.
Then he admitted that the upcoming race helps get the previous race out of his system quickly. “Moreover, we can still take the positive things from Baku,” he stressed. We started the weekend competitively and showed that we have improved as a team. It gives confidence and I hope we can show that again here in Miami. We got here early to acclimate. It’s going to be a fun weekend and I’m really looking forward to it.”
De Vries’ acclimatization has been controversial. To get used to the heat, the Dutchman walked ten kilometers across Miami Beach in three layers of clothing. “I was wearing a jacket, jacket and long pants while my coach was walking by me shirtless,” he said. You can feel that and that’s how it’s going to be during the race. It’s hot and the race is long. You’re restless and that keeps your heart rate up.”
Miami will once again be a street race. Just like the last three, in Baku, Melbourne and Jeddah. It may make it more difficult for de Vries, who is only driving for the first time at several racetracks on the calendar. “But I don’t want to make excuses, because the program is the same for everyone,” he said. “I know street circuits have small margins. So if you make a little mistake, it has consequences.”
It happened in Azerbaijan, but he doesn’t want to think about it now. In the heat of Miami he gets another chance.
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