The Miami Grand Prix is scheduled to take place from May 6 to May 8 at the Miami International Autodrome in Florida
Miami is F1’s 11th different venue in the U.S.A and after making an epic debut last year, it has certainly become one of the most anticipated races in the F1 calendar. The circuit at the Miami International Autodrome is 5.410 km in length, covering a total of 57 laps. It is designed in a way that local residents would not be disturbed by the race. The track is a permanent-style circuit with temporary infrastructure such as barriers and fences which will be removed when there is no racing.
The circuit is located within the private Hard Rock stadium grounds and will not use any public streets located around the stadium. The circuit and its safety features have been assembled a few weeks before the race weekend, similar to what happened in 2022. After the race weekend, the circuit will be dismantled, and the Hard Rock stadium facility will be converted back to normal.
This is only the second time that this circuit will host an F1 race. Max Verstappen won the first and only edition so far while the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz occupied the second and third places on the podium respectively. Verstappen himself holds the fastest lap record at this circuit, registering a timing of 1:31.361 while driving his Red Bull RB18 in 2022.
Where do things stand going into the Miami Grand Prix?
Red Bull continues to dominate the drivers’ championship standings after a fantastic start to the season with 1-2 finishes in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan besides a top-of-the-podium finish in Australia.
Max Verstappen leads the standings with 93 points followed by his team-mate Sergio Perez, who occupies the second spot with 87 points while Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso lies in the third spot with 60 points – ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. The Red Bull duo have already created a considerable gap between themselves and the rest of the pack – other drivers need to pull up their socks very soon if they are to stand a chance.
In the constructors’ championship, the picture is no different. Defending champions Red Bull lead the standings with 180 points.
Aston Martin are significantly behind in second place, having earned 87 points from four races so far. Mercedes are placed third in the leaderboard with 76 points in their kitty – a whopping 104 points behind the leaders.
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