F1 Miami Grand Prix Guide

The F1 bandwagon rolls into Florida for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix this weekend.  The newest race on the calendar promises to be a spectacular one, with a brilliant weekend of racing ahead. It has been an enthralling start to the season so far, and we bring you some of the expected highlights from South Beach.

Welcome To Miami

In making its race-hosting debut this weekend, Miami will become the 16th circuit in this century to hold an F1 Grand Prix for the first time. Few of the other 15 have had quite as much hype and excitement in advance as this one.

The 3.36 mile Miami International Autodrome is set in the Hard Rock Stadium Complex in Miami Gardens, home of the Miami Dolphins. The challenging circuit includes 19 corners, three straights, elevation changes and a chicane which will be completed over 57 laps. Turns 11 and 17 are expected to be the two main overtaking opportunities, and there are also three separate DRS zones.

The organisers have done all they can to give the circuit a Miami feel, with an artificial marina inside of the turns six, seven and eight hairpin. The street track consists of a number of slow sectors, but also very fast straights, so there’s something for every team. Get all the latest F1 odds with Bet365.

Battle Of The Young Guns

F1’s first 4 rounds have seen some dramatic racing, with plenty of shocks and surprises. Everyone was gearing up for chapter two of the Verstappen vs Hamilton epic, but early indications point to a season-long battle for the Championship between Max Verstappen and another thrilling young opponent, Charles Leclerc.

The 24 year-olds have shared two victories apiece in the opening four races and their rivalry, which dates back to go-kart racing over 10 years ago, looks set to engage us for years to come.

Red Bull seem to be winning back title momentum from Ferrari after an unconvincing start. Heading into Miami, an unknown for both drivers, it’s difficult to predict which of the two teams will have the best package for this new track. Back Verstappen or Leclerc with great odds at Bet Dukes.

Return Of The Mercedes?

Most of the F1 paddock would be thrilled to begin the season sitting in third place in the Constructors Championship with two podium finishes from the first four rounds. For Mercedes, however, this has been the worst start to a season in recent years, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell languishing behind the pace of the Red Bull and Ferrari.

Mercedes have made no excuses, with team chief Toto Wolff describing the team’s own car as un-drivable after Imola. Hamilton suffered his worst weekend of results for over a decade, and it’s looking very unlikely he will challenge for his eighth world title this year.

All is not lost, and there have been heavy hints that Miami could be the venue where further upgrades are introduced that could start to address the aerodynamic issues that have blighted their performance.

Upgrades are unlikely to solve their performance problems overnight, but anything that can help make their car more predictable, and allow their talented drivers to get more performance from it, would be a welcome change. Make Bet Dual your Formula One betting destination.

The Best Of The Rest?

The battle for the minor points has been just as interesting as the fight for the top spots thus far this season. All ten teams have picked up points after both Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll finished in the top 10 for Aston Martin at Imola. In fact, there are only two of the 20 drivers that are stuck on zero points: Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi.

Compare that to last season, when at the same stage there were only 12 drivers who had scored a point, highlighting the close nature of all of the teams behind Red Bull and Ferrari this term.

With the new Miami circuit providing a blank canvas for all the F1 teams, everyone will think they have a realistic hope of scoring points. This is sure to make for an exciting race weekend with the likes of McLaren, Alpine and Alfa Romeo taking the challenge to F1’s big boys. Join SportNation now and enjoy a free £5 bet every week!

Improvement Needed From Carlos Sainz

With team-mate Charles Leclerc setting the early season F1 pace, Sainz Jnr has endured a miserable few weeks, having completed just one lap in the last two Grand Prix.

This has inflicted a painful early blow to his title aspirations, leaving him 48 points behind his Scuderia partner and down in fifth place in the standings.

The Spaniard declared it too early for Ferrari to actively back Leclerc in the race for the F1 Drivers title despite his varying fortunes after the first four races of the season.

He spun off in Australia and was caught out in a turn one collision with Daniel Ricciardo, and it seems he is finding it difficult to adapt to the new racing regulations that have been brought in.

He has still to claim a pole position or race victory from his 145 F1 starts, and he is growing increasingly at-risk of being cut off from the top of the championship unless he drastically improves both his performance and consistency.

If Sainz can pull off a strong showing in Miami, it could be the green light he needs to get his Championship challenge back on track. Bet £10 and get a £10 free bet with BetStorm.

Racing fans the world over have been waiting in anticipation for F1 landing in Miami, and it is sure to be a spectacular weekend. Continue to follow us throughout this red hot Formula One season with all the latest news and betting odds.

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