It’s finally here. The eagerly awaited Miami Grand Prix, the long 5.41km circuit will make it’s debut this weekend. This Miami GP is exciting and much-anticipated, since we now have a new track with new cars, revised regulations and new tyres. The teams have very little information about the cars’ reactions, how fast the tyres will wear out and what effects they will have on drivers. The Hard Rock stadium sits within the Miami Gardens, at the circuit’s core home to the Miami Dolphins football club. Some drivers will find it challenging to drive on this semi-permanent track, which has 19 corners and heavy braking zones. It also features sections that flow at high speeds and some very challenging technical sectors.
The Silver Arrow drivers might not be looking forward to this race with speeds well above 300 kmph on the long straights. Porpoising is a constant problem for the Mercedes drivers with George Russell mentioned how he felt back and chest pains, while Lewis Hamilton seven-time world champion didn’t comment though it’s to be noted that although he is fit as any of the other drivers, the world champion seven times is 37 years old. Toto Wolff, the team boss, said that their car doesn’t deserve to be in the hands of a world World Champion, further confirming their struggles with the understanding of the car. Seemingly annoyed, he said he wants to see the issues fixed as quickly as possible. I definitely wouldn’t want Toto as my boss. Would you bet on Mercedes this weekend? If you make sure you check out the best sports betting sites first!
After a terrible weekend at Imola, Carlos Sainz would like to get the best result as he did not participate in the Last two Grand Prix’s, as he crashed with Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren and was forced to retire in Melbourne. Drivers are known for taking greater risks when there is a fixed contract in place and although Carlos wasn’t really at fault, he has to get up there with Charles if they want to win the constructors title. Red Bull seem to have forgotten their reliability concerns or perhaps it was due to the cooler temperatures? Red Bull’s power units were not reliable in hotter temperatures as we saw from Bahrain and Saudi so It’s not surprising that Red Bull is nervous about the rise in temperatures in Miami with temperatures expected to reach in the mid 90’s. With Charles getting a new engine in his Ferrari, will Red Bull respond to this?
This year with the Mercedes struggling, they’re finding out just how competitive the midfield can be and after Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel placed in the top 10 at Imola, all 10 teams have scored points. Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi are the only drivers to not score any points in 2022. It is probable that McLaren and Mercedes will win points this weekend, given the fierce competition between Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Haas, Alpha Tauri and Williams as each team has shown that they can score points. It will be hard for a driver or team to climb up the positions against cars of similar performance as Hamilton found out back in Imola. In addition to reliability issues, spectators and fans are left wondering who will place in the top 10 for Sunday’s race.