The 2022 Formula 1 season is four races old and Ferrari still leads in both championships. Charles Leclerc has a 27-point lead over Max Verstappen, while the Scuderia themselves are 11 points ahead of Red Bull Racing. At Imola, however, Ferrari suffered a blow in front of their home crowd with Red Bull’s one-two, while Carlos Sainz retired early in the race and Leclerc was just sixth after an unnecessary mistake. The score is now 2-2 after wins and the sport is heading into the fifth round of the battle between the two currently strongest teams.
This will happen at the brand new Miami International Autodrome, which will host the new Miami Grand Prix for the first time. The teams and drivers have already been able to get to know the track through the simulators, but everyone still faces the considerable task of getting to know the track and finding the right set-up. In addition, teams such as Mercedes and Ferrari have announced that they will also be bringing some new parts to the first of two races in the USA. So you are faced with the task of not only getting to know the track, but also assessing whether the upgrades are working properly.
The Haas F1 Team will complete its first home race of the year in Miami and hope to maintain the good form from the first few races on home soil. However, the fight in the midfield is tough, because McLaren has definitely moved into the top group with the podium place in Imola and Alfa Romeo is also doing excellently with Valtteri Bottas. In terms of speed, Alpine and AlphaTauri also do well, while Mercedes has not yet been able to exceed this level. So all the ingredients are in place for an all-out battle behind the top two teams, but who will emerge best from the starting blocks?
The first answers will come during the first free practice session of the Miami Grand Prix, which starts at 20:30 Dutch time. Via the live blog below, our team of F1 journalists will keep you up to date with the latest developments during FP1.