1085th F1 GRAND PRIX | 2nd MIAMI GRAND PRIX | 2nd GRAND PRIX AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AUTODROME
2022 POLESITTER: CHARLES LECLERC | 2022 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
The highly anticipated Miami Grand Prix made its debut on the Formula 1 calendar around Hard Rock Stadium in 2022. The 2023 Miami Grand Prix is set to take place on May 5-7.
2023 MIAMI GRAND PRIX: WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Friday 5th May
Free Practice 1 – 2:00pm Local Time / 7:00pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 5:30pm Local Time / 10:30pm UK Time
Saturday 6th May
Free Practice 3 – 12:30pm Local Time / 5:30pm UK Time
Qualifying – 4:00pm Local Time / 9:00pm UK Time
Sunday 7th May
The 2023 Miami Grand Prix – 3:30pm Local Time / 8:30pm UK Time
2023 MIAMI GRAND PRIX: WEEKEND MILESTONES
This weekend, Logan Sargeant will become the first American driver to race on home soil since Alexander Rossi raced at COTA in the 2015 United States Grand Prix.
The 43rd lap of the 2023 Miami Grand Prix will be the 100th Grand Prix racing lap to take place at Miami International Autodrome.
Pole position for Charles Leclerc at the 2023 Miami Grand Prix would make this the 17th time that a driver has secured pole in each of the first two races at a new venue.
Victory for Max Verstappen at the 2023 Miami Grand Prix would make this the 18th time that a driver has won each of the first two Grands Prix at a new venue.
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WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE LAST YEAR?
The entire track at Miami International Autodrome has been resurfaced ahead of the 2023 Miami Grand Prix. New walls have been installed in certain areas of the track, while run-off areas have been reduced at Turns 1, 4, 7 and 11. The layout of Turn 15 has also been adjusted.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE 2023 MIAMI GRAND PRIX?
Like in 2022, there will be three DRS zones at the 2023 Miami Grand Prix. The activation zones are located after Turn 9, after Turn 16 and at the apex of Turn 19. Two of the DRS zones have been shortened compared to last year.
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WHO WILL BE IN THE 2023 MIAMI GRAND PRIX PRESS CONFERENCES?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on Friday morning before the opening practice session. The drivers appearing in the press conference are:
Nyck De Vries (AlphaTauri)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
George Russell (Mercedes)
Logan Sargeant (Williams)
Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Nico Hülkenberg (Haas)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members will appear in the press conference are: Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Otmar Szafnauer (Alpine), Guenther Steiner (Haas) and Zak Brown (McLaren).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR AT THE 2023 MIAMI GRAND PRIX?
Niels Wittich will be the race director at the 2023 Miami Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD AT THE 2023 MIAMI GRAND PRIX?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Danny Sullivan.
WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE MIAMI GRAND PRIX
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED AT THE 2023 MIAMI GRAND PRIX?
Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 tyre compounds at the 2023 Miami Grand Prix. The C2, C3 and C4 compounds were also used in 2022.
In 2023, there are six compounds which Pirelli can nominate for use over a race weekend. In addition to the previous C1-C5 offering, the C0 tyre has been introduced. C0 is the equivalent of 2022’s C1 tyre, while the 2023 C1 tyre slots between the 2022 C1 and C2 equivalents.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE MIAMI GRAND PRIX?
The highly anticipated Miami Grand Prix made its debut in 2022. While Ferrari locked-out the front row, Max Verstappen took the first ever win at the new circuit.
As drivers familiarised themselves with the all-new Miami International Autodrome, Valtteri Bottas was first to encounter trouble, damaging his rear wing in Free Practice 1. Plenty of other drivers rode over kerbs and spun through the more challenging corners on the circuit during practice. Carlos Sainz caused a red flag with a crash in Free Practice 2, while Esteban Ocon crashed out in Free Practice 3.
Qualifying passed with less in the way of incident. George Russell was a surprise exit in Q2, but Ferrari were the team on form on Saturday afternoon. The Scuderia locked-out the front row, while the Red Bulls lined up on the second row. After missing most of Friday’s running, Bottas recovered well to set the fifth fastest time.
The two Aston Martins were forced to start from the pit lane due to fuelling issues. Leclerc maintained his lead at the start of the race, but Max Verstappen found a way by Carlos Sainz for second place. Fernando Alonso made light contact with Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race and the pair subsequently duelled over seventh place.
Verstappen overtook Leclerc for the lead of the Miami Grand Prix at the start of Lap 9. The midsection of the race passed with little in the way of action, with Verstappen pulling away at the front. On Lap 41, Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly made contact, sending the McLaren spinning out of the race. The VSC was called out following the incident before the full Safety Car was deployed.
Racing resumed five laps later, with Sergio Perez soon presenting a challenge to Sainz’s final podium position. After a few laps of chasing, the pair made contact at Turn 1 but escaped without damage. Meanwhile, Hamilton and team-mate Russell fought over sixth place – their battle becoming a fight for fifth when Bottas ran wide, allowing both drivers to pass the Alfa Romeo. Russell made his way past Hamilton in the closing laps.
Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel made contact in the final stages, with both drivers dropping out of the points as a result. Verstappen became the winner of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix and was joined on the podium by both Ferrari drivers, with Sainz successfully holding off Perez.
WHAT’S THE FASTEST EVER LAP AT THE MIAMI GRAND PRIX?
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