It’s race weekend again and we’re off to the MiamiGP!
Baku GP has been described as a boring race and we tend to agree, but the aftermath has kept us on our toes.
In between rumours of Alonso and Taylor Swift and the wonderful get together Danny Ric had with Anne Hathaway at the Met, we were busy digging through all the news & analysis after Baku and getting the setup ready for the Miami GP.
We’d better get going, you’re in for a lot of awesome infos.
In today’s email:
- Speedy Race Review – Detailed charts and analysis of the Azerbaijan GP
- Formula 1 in America: A Journey Across the Nation – The start of Indy 500, F1 and how it all led to today’s F1 calendar
- Fast Late News – Short news to get you up to speed with the latest F1 updates
- The Miami Grand Prix – Weekend schedule at the influencer packed venue, track details and more details about how the venue was built.Let’s get going…
1. Speedy Race Review
🔵 Safety Car drama steals the show, leaving Red Bulls in a tight race!
Perez snatched victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, while Max was left wondering if the Safety Car intervention cost him the win.
An analysis of the timing suggests Red Bull could’ve predicted the Safety Car, with enough time to react and adjust their strategy. However, they might have missed the opportunity or decided against it.
Interestingly, radio communications show that Perez was informed about the Safety Car window being open, suggesting the pit wall may have been aware of the risk. – Read more
Just 7 drivers didn’t pit for Hards before the Safety Car and could benefit from it! All except for Zhou were front-runners.
🟥 The Soft was the softest compound produced by Pirelli (C5) and it was only used to set the fastest lap (Russel) or for the mandatory pit (Ocon/Hulkenberg) – via @F1DataAnalysis
🏎 Race pace
Perez and Verstappen were matched: just 0.02s/lap difference on average! About 1 second on a total race distance.
📉Ocon’s and Hulkenberg’s bet didn’t pay off: they faced severe wear at the end (particularly Hulkenberg) and lost additional time by pitting.
💥Three other battles between drivers who had extremely close pace:
😅 The FIA demand immediat action from… themselves after ‘very dangerous’ pit lane incident.
In a self-reflective moment, the FIA called out its own risky behavior during the Azerbaijan race, where photographers crowded the Parc Ferme area with an open pit lane.
Esteban Ocon’s last-lap pit stop could have ended in disaster, but luckily, no serious consequences ensued. The FIA Stewards and representatives discussed procedures and protocols, vowing to make necessary changes before the next event. Talk about self-improvement – even on a Sunday! – Read more
🤬 Russell: Verstappen ‘let himself down’ with Baku comments
The two drivers clashed during the Azerbaijan sprint event, with Verstappen calling Russell a “d**khead” afterward. Despite the insult, Russell downplayed the incident and referred to it as a “racing incident.”
Though he didn’t expect an apology, he mentioned that Verstappen, a two-time world champion, let himself down with such comments. After reviewing footage of the contact, Russell felt it was much ado about very little, finding the situation “underwhelming.” – Read more
2. Formula 1 in America: A Journey Across the Nation
While it might seem F1 doesn’t have a huge presence in the US (yet), it’s history here goes well over 72 years and a lot of circuit and format changes.
It wasn’t always influencers & sunshine at the venues, and as we approach the 2nd race at the new Miami GP, let’s learn more about the memorable racing venues and how Indy 500 and F1 are connected. 🏁 – Read the entire post here.
3. Fast Lane News
😶 Formula 1 needs to shift attention away from format tweaks and focus on improvements to make the racing less boring, says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. – Read more
🏆 5 Winners and 5 Losers from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Who lit up the Land of Fire? – Read more
💨 TECH TUESDAY: How Red Bull extended their straight-line speed advantage over Ferrari in Baku – Read more
🔴 Fred Vasseur says Ferrari will start bringing updates to its 2023 Formula 1 car in Miami as it looks to address its race pace deficit to Red Bull. – Read more
🧐 F1 drivers blame shortened DRS zone for “boring” Azerbaijan GP – Read more
🔵 ‘We should be leading the championship’ – Perez says he’d be ahead of Verstappen without Melbourne issues – Read more
If you’ve been missing Seb (I know we all have), you’ll get a chance to see him driving F1 cars from his own collection at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. – Read more
🔵 Red Bull is yet to maximise its upgrades. The team arrived in Baku with a considerable package of upgrades(see radiator vents, outer edge of the floor), which may become more apparent at the Miami race. – Read more
4. The Miami Grand Prix
🇺🇸 This weekend – 5-7th of May
1️⃣ First GP in 2022
📐 Length: 5.41 km
💨 Estimated top speed: 320 km/h
🚀 3 DRS Zones
🏁 Number of laps: 57
🏆 Previous winner: Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing – Lap Time: 1:34:24
The Miami International Autodrome, located near Hard Rock Stadium, hosts the Miami Grand Prix, a relatively new addition to the Formula One World Championship.
Initially proposed in 2018 for a downtown location, the race faced hurdles and location changes before finally making its debut on May 8, 2022. All in all, the circuit took a little over 12 months to finish from detailed design to completed construction.
Track designers Apex Circuit Design created a purpose-built circuit to minimize disruption to local residents. Thus, the permanent-style track features temporary infrastructure like barriers and fences, can easily be removed when not in use.
In Miami, Pirelli will bring HARDER compounds than in Baku: expect a one-stopper!
The only thing that might shake things up will be the weather, currently there’s 50% chance of rain for Sunday. 🌦
Full 2023 Miami GP session timings
Friday 5 May 2023
- Free Practice 1: 7:00pm-8:00pm BST (2:00pm-3:00pm local)
- Free Practice 2: 10:30pm-11:30pm BST (5:30pm-6:30pm local)
Saturday 6 May 2023
- Free Practice 3: 5:30pm-6:30pm BST (12:30pm-1:30pm local)
- Qualifying: 9:00pm-10:00pm BST (4:00pm-5:00pm local)
Sunday 7 May 2023
- Race: 8:30pm BST (3:30pm local)
🔥 Meme of the day