And that’s it for Formula 1 on Thursday in Miami. Stephen Ehlen thank you for your attention today! As usual, my colleague Ruben Zimmermann will take over at this point from the live ticker tomorrow and I will return to the session’s live ticker for the remainder of the event in Miami. So until then, good evening!
Why Mercedes rolls with a colored rear wing
The Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are rolling in Miami with colored rear fenders, and there’s a reason for that: Together with sponsor FTX, the team wants to auction off the rear fenders used in the race in the United States after the weekend and donate the profits to a good cause.
The brightly colored drawing of the rear fenders of the Mercedes comes from artist Mad Dog Jones.
2023: How Gasly imagines the future
Pierre Gasly could change teams for the 2023 season and either return to Red Bull or turn his back on the energy drink company altogether. He is asked if he has ever given more thought to this.
The Frenchman answers evasively and first addresses the current situation at AlphaTauri in the 2022 season. “What is most important for me is to do my best with the car I have. I want feeling like I’m doing my best with the equipment I have.”
Off the track, of course, he ponders what his future might look like. “My situation is clear, I have ambitions,” says Gasly. “There is interest. There are discussions with Red Bull and AlphaTauri on how to proceed.”
For now, however, he can’t say much more, other than: “The right decision comes at the right time.”
Gasly expects “many overtaking maneuvers”
My colleague Adam Cooper just spoke to Pierre Gasly. The first was the Miami Circuit, which Gasly says “seems fast.” His verdict: “There are two very long straights and it’s great because we risk seeing a lot of overtaking.”
The biggest driving challenge is the first sector with lots of fast turns. Turn 7 in particular commands respect for him, says Gasly. “There, it goes almost endless to the left. You can’t see the exit of the corner from the cockpit. The tires are suffering a bit at this stage.”
According to Gasly, a question mark is the pit entrance at turn 19 (see photo). A chicane makes the turn more difficult for the drivers. “It’s tight,” Gasly said. “It all depends on how much you can reduce the angles. We tried that in the simulator. If you can reduce the angles a bit, it’s easier. But if we can’t touch the white line, it should be quite difficult .”
Bottas also got lost
Valtteri Bottas didn’t have to go as far as McLaren boss Brown to get his special ‘date’ before the Miami Grand Prix: he went to the Miami Dolphins of the American football league NFL and tasted it Training of football cracks.
McLaren boss Zak Brown takes flight
Before the Formula 1 race in Miami, McLaren boss Zak Brown took off? with US Navy aerobatic pilots, the so-called Blue Angels. He received a 45-minute demonstration flight including two “screws” at around 650 km/h, loops were also on the program. The highest load for pilots Griffin Stangel and Brown would have been 7.4g.
It is unclear how well Brown coped with the high-speed flight. On the majority of the shots, however, the boss of McLaren makes a good impression…
Video: Miami Formula 1 countdown
It won’t be long before the Miami International Autodrome is officially opened by Formula 1. And here’s Sky TV’s “countdown” with some up-to-date information on the first American race of the year!
Final preparations: the countdown to Formula 1 in Miami is on
For the very first time, Formula 1 is playing a weekend in Miami. Final preparations are underway.
Pirelli declares ‘conservative’ tire choice for Miami
For the first Grand Prix in Miami, Formula 1 supplier Pirelli has nominated the C2, C3 and C4 tire compounds, ie the intermediate compounds in the range. You could also say: these are the standard tires of Formula 1, because C2 to C4 are most often used together.
Why also in Miami? Pirelli sporting director Mario Isola explains: “With a new track, we always tend to be conservative. It will be exciting to see how well the real data matches our simulations.”
Because Miami International Autodrome was sprayed in advance with high-pressure jets, the track should “provide good grip from the get-go,” Isola says. “And because the cars are likely running low to medium downforce, we might see some slippage in fast corners, especially on hard compound.”