Numerous celebrities turned up at the Miami International Autodrome during Formula 1’s first visit to Miami. In addition to various artists such as Martin Garrix and Kygo and (former) athletes such as Michael Jordan and Tom Brady, there were also some Formula 1 legends. Further Mario Andrettithe 82-year-old world champion from 1978.
Despite being well past retirement age, Andretti’s dream will come true at the upcoming United States Grand Prix. McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has arranged an appointment with the Italian-American that will allow him to clock up meters in a modern McLaren F1 car during the F1 weekend at the Circuit of the Americas. Due to the strict testing regulations, there will be no drive in the McLaren MCL36 that Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will be driving this F1 season. It’s a previous-generation F1 car, although Brown hasn’t confirmed exactly which model it is.
Until 1994, Andretti was a full-time driver in Formula 1 and IndyCar, among others. Even after the end of his active racing career, he regularly drove racing cars. He took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2000 – most recently at the age of 60. In 2003 he wanted to try to qualify for the Indy 500 for the thirtieth time, but finally gave up after a bad fall in practice. Today, Andretti keeps in shape driving the IndyCar two-seater, which he drives several laps before each race.