What you need to know about the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix

Formula 1 heads to Miami this weekend for the first of two races in the United States, with a compelling championship duel at the front and Daniel Ricciardo trying to find form for McLaren further back.

The inaugural Miami Grand Prix will be held on Monday morning Australian time, with a new circuit for drivers and teams to quickly learn.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc heads into the fifth round of the season with the drivers’ championship lead, but Red Bull’s dominance last time has reminded the field it is still the team to beat.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo is hoping his love of the United States leads to a better result than 18th place, which he recorded in his previous race.

Here is everything you need to know about the Miami Grand Prix.

What is the new track like?

The Miami International Autodrome is a temporary circuit built around the home stadium for the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

The 5.4-kilometre track has 19 turns and is “not dissimilar to Melbourne’s Albert Park” according to F1’s website.

The new layout has three straights, and the cars are expected to hit a maximum speed of 320kph.

The layout of the track at the Miami International Autodrome.(Formula 1)

A chicane at turns 14 and 15 appears to be the trickiest part of the lap.

Drivers enter turn 14 going uphill for the sharp left-hander, before going over a crest and exiting the sharp right-hander of turn 15 going downhill.

A long straight between turns 16 and 17 should provide plenty of overtaking opportunities, as should the long sweeping section of the course between turns eight and 11.

Once the drivers come out of the triple left-hand corners of turns six, seven and eight, they will be able to put their foot down as they streak along the back of the course through turns nine and 10 at full speed.

The Miami International Autodrome will be the 11th different venue in the United States to host an F1 grand prix when it hosts Monday’s 57-lap race. 

The Miami Grand Prix will be followed by another race in Austin, Texas, in October.

Daniel Ricciardo hoping for better results at ‘second home’

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo has had a forgettable season to this point. 


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