The F1 2022 season continues as all eyes turn their attention to the Miami Grand Prix which will take place at the Miami International Autodrome, Florida on Monday 9 May at 5:30am AEST. The Roar’s got all the information you need to get prepared for a weekend of high speed excitement.
This is the inaugural Miami Grand Prix and F1 has certainly gone all out to create a race and experience to be remembered.
The course itself measures just over 5.4km and consists of 19 corners and two long high speed straights. On those sections drivers are predicted to reach speeds of up to 320kph with an average speed of 223kph. To place that in context, the fastest track on the F1 calendar is the Monza circuit in Italy where Kimi Raikkonen set the lap record with an average speed of just over 257kph.
It’s set in the Hard Rock Stadium complex – home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. In an attempt to provide that Monaco meets Miami Harbour feel, the designers have included a fake marina where the stunning yachts are real but the water has been….wait for it….painted on to the ground.
Despite the odd choice of design features, the course itself has many of the drivers excited.
Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas has had a chance to get in a few laps on the new track and reported back recently that he predicts a genuine race.
“Actually what is nice to see is that this seems to be a really good track for overtaking,” explained the 10-time grand prix winner recently.
It might only be round five in the season but there are already plenty of sub plots emerging between the teams and drivers.
Ferrari’s Charles Charles Leclerc has jumped out to an impressive early lead in the driver’s championship and currently leads reigning champion, Max Verstappen. Verstappen has had a bumpy initial start to the season with two DNF to his name but an impressive win at the Emilia Romagna GP last weekend has given him and his Red Bull team some much needed momentum as they try and catch Leclerc.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is having troubles with his Mercedes and is sitting back in seventh position, almost 60 points behind first place.
Mercedes have promised some new car developments for the Miami Grand Prix and fans of the team and Hamilton will be desperately hoping that they are able to pull something out of the bag.
There are three options available to you in Australia to watch the race live. Y
For free-to-air viewers, you can watch the race highlights on the evening of Monday 9 May on Network Ten via their BOLD channel or on their website at 10 Play.
|Date||Session||Start Time||End Time|
|Sat May 7||Practice 1||4:30am||5:30am|
|Sat May 7||Practice 2||7:30am||8:30am|
|Sun May 8||Practice 3||3:00am||4:00am|
|Sun May 8||Qualifying||6:00am||7:00am|
|Mon May 9||RACE||5:30am||7:30am|
It might be the first F1 Grand Prix in Miami, the city and the country have an impressive record of putting on the biggest and best live sports events, anywhere in the world. The stage is set for an exciting weekend and now it’s down to the drivers and the teams to give fans something to celebrate.
The Miami Grand Prix has been touted as being part of the calendar for the next 10 years and so there will be plenty of eyes on this weekend’s event.