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Formula One continues its foray in the United States, as the 2022 world championship expands onto the challenging streets of Florida for the hotly anticipated Miami Grand Prix. Tune in on The Roar for coverage and live blog updates from 5:20am (AEST).
Sunny skies and a full house grace the 5.4km street course, ribboning its way around the outside Hard Rock Stadium. 19 corners presenting peril at every turn, as the drivers await a race of attrition.
Much like the Saudi Arabia race, the unknowns of Miami mean that we could be in for an incident laden 57-laps. Keeping the cars away from the concrete barriers will be the key, not only for the championship contenders but anyone looking for a solid haul of points.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen dominated proceedings in Imola, walking away with maximum points to cut the gap in the standings to leader Charles Leclerc down to 27-points – after the Ferrari driver’s own mistake which cost him a healthy podium.
Friday practice showed little difference between Red Bull and Ferrari on race pace, despite Verstappen’s lack of running and with some long straights promoting overtaking, there is the possibility for Verstappen and Leclerc to lock horns as they did in Bahrain and Jeddah.
Leclerc turned up the dial in qualifying to claim pole position, ahead of struggling teammate Carlos Sainz who’ll hope to reach the chequered flag on this occasion. The Ferraris locked out the front-row ahead of the Red Bulls, led by Verstappen ahead of teammate Sergio Perez.
Having both the top teams covered by 0.240-seconds at the front of the field, should make for an exciting grand prix with a bit of strategy put into the mix. But for now it is the red cars that have the advantage over the blues.
Behind the leaders, Valtteri Bottas qualified best of the rest and could again score big points for Alfa Romeo in the midfield. Especially with former teammate Lewis Hamilton struggling in the Mercedes just behind. The Briton’s new teammate George Russell was a Q2 casualty, though has shown that he can overtake better in the W13 than his seven-time world champion teammate.
Ultimately, it will be a race of attrition, avoiding the barriers and getting caught on the wrong side of a Safety Car when it comes to those crucial pit-stops. As seen on many occasions, races can be won and lost in those moments.
Lights out: 5:30am (AEST)
Venue: Miami International Autodrome, Miami
TV: Fox Sports
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), 2. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), 3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull), 5. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), 6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 7. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), 8. Lando Norris (McLaren), 9. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), 10. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), 11. Fernando Alonso (Alpine), 12 George Russell (Mercedes), 13. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), 14. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), 15. Mick Schumacher (Haas), 16. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 17. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo), 18. Alex Albon (Williams), 19. Nicholas Latifi (Williams), 20. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)