The contrast between the past race weekend and the venue in Miami could hardly be greater. Imola breathes motorsport and can rightly be described as “old school”. The setting surrounding Hard Rock Stadium is at the other extreme in everything, with a ‘fake’ harbor as the high or low. But whatever viewers may think, this year’s first race in the USA is extremely important economically for the premier class. Liberty Media wants to expand Formula 1 in America and signals are already coming from the paddock that the hospitality packages are not available.
All of that is covered in a new installment of the Formula 1 update, with the focus naturally being on the sporting image. At Red Bull, Imola’s upgrade package gives confidence, mainly because the innovations worked as expected in practice. It says something about the correlation and that’s what’s important for Miami because no one has ridden it yet. It makes the Miami Grand Prix a leap of faith, both in terms of layout and certainly in terms of the tarmac layer. After all, the latter is crucial for finding a good balance in the car and getting the Pirelli tires in the right window. Finding a good balance is even more important than introducing new parts, according to Max Verstappen, and will not be an easy task at this new track.
You are the performance fluctuations what teams are talking about and that makes the weekend from America very interesting to look forward to. That’s being reinforced by Ferrari, who have promised to bring a low-downforce package to it The Sunshine State† In recent race weekends, the Scuderia has mostly won on slow corners, but Red Bull had a weapon for the races because they had a higher top speed on the straights. Can Ferrari break this trend with a low downforce rear wing and perhaps a new internal combustion engine for Charles Leclerc? This and much more – for example the metals roller skates by Red Bull vs. Porpoises, which Ferrari also tested, is discussed in the video at the top of this page.
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