Live news and reaction as attention turns to the Spanish Grand Prix after the drmaa of Miami
Follow live news and reaction as the world of F1 continues to react to the results at the Miami Grand Prix, while also beginning to look ahead at how teams can improve for the Spanish Grand Prix next time out.
Max Verstappen closed the gap between himself and Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ championship with a win in the US, joined on the podium by both Ferrari cars – but questions have been asked over whether they made it too easy for the reigning champion to take the flag for Red Bull for the second consecutive race.
i mellomtiden, Lewis Hamilton is coming under pressure after showing post-race disappointment and suggesting Mercedes are not any faster than they were at the start of the season, although the seven-time world champion has vowed to fight on, saying that Mercedes “won’t be stopped in their tracks.”
Another multiple world champion – four-time winner Sebastian Vettel – er considering quitting the sport over climate change, having worn a t-shirt drawing attention to the issue at the Miami GP.
With ten days to go until the next Grand Prix, it’s all about analysing the data, recovery time and making improvements ahead of the next installment in the 2022 årstid.
Follow all the build-up to the F1 Spanish Grand Prix below:
Lando Norris believes McLaren are ‘behind’ Alfa Romeo’s pace this season
McLaren had an awful start to the season but they have gradually built into the campaign. They still aren’t at the heights they will be aiming for and the British driver has been realistic about where he believes his team are.
“I think we are behind Mercedes [in terms of pace],” said the 22-year-old as per Motorsport-total.com. “We are also behind Alfa Romeo but are well in the running with Alpine and AlphaTauri. Haas are somewhere in that region as well. So I think it’s quite simple – it’s tight.”
Norris acknowledges his team’s speed has to improve to beat rivals
Esteban Ocon says eighth place ‘like a victory’ after back of grid start
“I am delighted, I think it is a victory for us," han fortalte Motorsport.com. “There was clearly a mountain to climb for all of us, but I think from the strategy to the radio calls, the tyre management, everything was perfect today. And to end up in the points being 50% physically as well, for me it’s like a win.”
Ocon put in a great drive to bag points for Alpine
Magnussen disappointed to leave Miami without points
Haas’ Kevin Magnussen is disappointed that he failed to pick up any points in the Miami Grand Prix in what he described as ‘the hardest race I’ve ever done’.
A late collision with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll meant Magnussen wasn’t able to finish the race and his teammate Mick Schmacher only managed a P15 after his own crash with Sebastian Vettel.
That meant Amercian team Haas came away empty handed from their first home GP of the season.
“It was the hardest race I’ve ever done, it was unbelievably hot,” said Magnussen. “I had to do that last stint with damage to the front wing but even with that damage we got ourselves into a position to fight for P10.
“We were catching Alonso and he had a time penalty, but it is what it is – we tried everything we could and didn’t get points, onto the next one.”
The point-less result leaves Haas eighth in the championship and Team Principal Guenther Steiner was unable to conceal his frustration after the race.
“Clearly not the day we wanted,” said Steiner, “especially this being one of our home events. The pace in the car was there and it was demonstrated by both drivers, but once again we got unlucky with some events on track.
“We then had to retire Kevin’s car on the second-to-last lap with damage he’d sustained earlier while he was fighting to get back into the top 10. We learn lessons in races like this and we have to apply those lessons moving forward to better ourselves.”
‘Lack of pace’ cost Tsunoda points in Miami
AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was disappointed that he couldn’t keep up the pace in the Miami Grand Prix and add a second consecutive points finish to his tally.
He started the race in ninth but dropped out of the points and claimed 12th by the end of Sunday’s GP. The Japanese driver had hoped to add to his P7 result from Imola but he fell from P9 to P12 within the first 10 laps, before he pitting and dropping to 19th.
A second stop for to swap to soft tyres during the late caution saw Tsunoda recover to 13th before being promoted one place thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s five-second penalty for leaving the track.
“From Lap 1, just no grip at all,” said Tsunoda after the race. “I just really struggled to just keep up the pace and I got overtaken quite a lot. After that, even in free air, struggled to increase my own pace, just no pace at all today.
“It’s the complete opposite to last time [at Imola], so frustrating – so it is what it is, we have to keep moving forward.”
The team’s Technical Director Jody Egginton added that Tsunoda’s soft-tyred stint was his strongest, and the team need to analyse why the 22-year-old couldn’t emulate that on mediums or hards.
“Yuki struggled in the first stint, so we gambled on an early stop but the pace and car balance in his second stint was also inconsistent, meaning it was difficult to make sufficient progress,” said Egginton.
“We need to go through all the data to understand the reasons behind these issues. Yuki managed to show some better pace in his final stint on the soft tyre, but by this point we were running out of laps to move forward further, and he finished out of the points.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us before we arrive in Barcelona. We need to understand the various factors behind today’s performance, so we can move forward with our package and get back to scoring points.”
Room for improvement with Miami track
The Miami International Autodrome is a temporary circuit looping around the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium and played host to the inaugural Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix last weekend. It featured a mix of medium to high speed corners, a long straight and a very tight section underneath a turnpike.
Men, the 5.41km layout did not produce a great race and questions arose about the surface’s lack of grip off the racing line making it dangerous and risky to overtake. Likevel, it generally drew modest praise from the drivers, who just singled out the bumpy Turn 14-15 chicane as area for improvement.
“I think track-wise, we can improve a few areas,” said race winner Max Verstappen, "De 14-15 chicane is a bit of a tricky combination. I think if I would have been in a go-kart, it would be a nice chicane to take, but not in an F1 car like we have at the moment.
“I remember in the four laps I did on Friday, I almost knocked myself out because I hit the first kerb and your head just bounced from left to right at least five, six times, but really bad.
“If you just take it a tiny bit too much, just because it’s so long, so wide, so stiff and super heavy that little kerb what it is, it’s just not made for it to be honest.
"Så, maybe we have to change the kerb layout already, that it’s a bit more of a progressive ramp and it looks a bit nicer to go over. Maybe that helps already. Men ja, it’s so slow and I think our cars look way better if it’s a bit more of a flowing combination.”
Lando Norris claims Miami track was ‘turning into crap’ during Grand Prix
Lando Norris has claimed the Miami Grand Prix track surface was “turning into crap” during the race.
The Miami International Autodrome held the inaugural Miami Grand Prix as F1 expands its reach, med Max Verstappen edging out Charles Leclerc til his third victory of the year, while also trimming the Monegasque’s lead in the drivers’ championship to 19 poeng.
The Briton crashed out of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix after contact with the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly
‘I trashed the whole floor’: Daniel Ricciardo reveals wild party in hotel
Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo revealed he once “trashed the whole floor” of a hotel he was staying in as the McLaren star recounted stories of his party lifestyle.
Ricciardo, who has raced in Formula One since 2011, said of his most memorable experience: "Jeg mener, I didn’t merely trash the room, I trashed the whole floor.
Ricciardo’s McLaren team-mate Lando Norris also revealed he had been involved in a ‘naughty’ incident
‘Weight saving’ made Miami Grand Prix more difficult for Ricciardo
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo admits that the Miami Grand Prix was made even tougher by the team’s decision to cut back on the amount of drink his car could hold in order to save weight.
The 32-year-old clearly showed the effects of a hectic afternoon in the Florida humidity and he compared racing in the Miami heat to similar races in Singapore and Malaysia.
“Ja, it’s got that heat factor to it,” Ricciardo told to Autosport, “It’s tough as well, because I mean, everyone’s obviously fighting for that last bit of weight.
“We don’t have the luxury of putting three litres in the drink system. So we have a little bit, and it’s never enough fluid. Naturlig, you’re gonna get dehydrated. And yeah, this heat was was pretty real.
“They’re [Singapore and Malaysia] the tough ones, åpenbart. jeg mener, everyone obviously worked hard today, it is hot, sjåfører, mechanics, everyone’s feeling the heat.”
At the end of the race, Ricciardo thought that he had made the points but was told he finished 11th prior to getting a time penalty for going off the track in a battle with Kevin Magnussen which sent him down to 13th.
“Actually when I crossed the line, I honestly thought I was 10th," han sa.
“It’s hard to know, åpenbart [det er] battles and cars going off here and there. But I was kind of doing a calculation in my head thinking that enough cars had kind of gone off, or I passed, to be somewhere inside the points.
“But yeah, we came up short. So I don’t think there were any ‘what could have beens’ today. We were just not quick enough.
“We were just hanging on. And I think when everyone’s in a tow, we’re still lacking a bit on the straights. I think obviously a little bit of a drag and stuff.”
Christian Horner dismisses Red Bull ‘fragility’ fears after Max Verstappen win in Miami
Horner says Red Bull’s reliability issues are being ironed out
Lewis Hamilton frustrated after Mercedes stuck on ‘same speed’ for five races
Mercedes haven’t had the same start to the season that they would be used to with both seven-time champion Hamilton and George Russell out of the top three of the driver standings. They have had two podiums but no race wins with several issues with their car – ‘porpoising’ being the main struggle.
Hamilton, who is gunning for a record eighth title, concedes the team aren’t where they thought they would be.
Hamilton and Mercedes have struggled this season