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“I’m Going to Be the Biggest Fan”: Patrick Mahomes Made a Promise to Esteban Ocon Right Before Alpine’s Crucial Fight

Anirban Aly Mandal

“I’m Going to Be the Biggest Fan”: Patrick Mahomes Made a Promise to Esteban Ocon Right Before Alpine’s Crucial Fight

Kansas City Chief’s star Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was in attendance at the Miami International Autodrome last week for the 2024 Miami GP. The 28-year-old was a guest of the Alpine F1 team and also met Esteban Ocon before the race.

Speaking to Ocon behind the scenes, Mahomes was quoted as saying, “I’m excited, I’m excited to watch you, man. I’m going to be the biggest fan out there.” Mahomes might well have been a lucky charm for the Frenchman who went on to score the first points of the season for himself and the team during the Grand Prix.

Mahomes’ presence in the Alpine box was due to his part-ownership of the team. Last year, a conglomerate of investors, including Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Anthony Joshua, and Rory McIlroy along with Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds bought a stake in the Alpine Formula 1 team.

This move meant that the investment group bought almost a 24% stake in the F1 team. According to, the deal was valued somewhere around $218,000,000. This took the team’s net worth to a whopping $1.4 billion.

Patrick Mahomes jumps on the F1 bandwagon with Alpine

Mahomes’ involvement with the team showcases just how popular the sport of Formula 1 has become in the United States of America. Ever since Liberty Media took over F1 and the critically acclaimed Netflix docuseries ‘Drive to Survive’ was released, the stock of the sport has risen meteorically in the US market.

After his investment in the team, Mahomes has become a paddock regular. He was even quoted by as explaining, “I think everybody can see the appeal. I’ve been able to get to a couple races now, seeing the environment, and then obviously watching the (Formula 1:) Drive to Survive on Netflix, you see how competitive it is.”

Mahomes was not the only A-lister soaking in the atmosphere at the electric Miami International Autodrome. The third iteration of the race in the State of Florida was graced by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Tom Brady, and Tommy Hilfiger amongst many others.

Formula 1’s popularity in the United States is only growing. The Miami GP is only the first of the three races the US will host this year. The 2024 calendar still has to run the US GP at Austin, Texas, and the Las Vegas GP. And if the reports are true, a fourth race in the US might soon become a reality.

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Anirban Aly Mandal

Anirban Aly Mandal


Anirban Aly Mandal is an F1 writer at The SportsRush, with over 1000 articles under his belt, Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 on his computer. With over half a decade's worth of time spent religiously following the sport, he’s dived deep into the world of motorsports. However, Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports and the law. His passion for the sport is so immense that he aspires to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world someday. When it comes to Formula 1, Anirban finds great pleasure in re-watching classic races and idolizes the likes of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, and Sebastian Vettel. His top picks include Brazil '91, Silverstone '92, and Germany '19. Outside of the sport, Anirban is an avid sim racer, often found racing on titles like Assetto Corsa, F1 22, and Automobilista. Apart from his interests in gaming, Anirban has a keen interest in philosophy, literature and music.

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