Hamilton tells Brady Miami GP is F1’s Super Bowl
Catch live coverage of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix race as championship leader Charles Leclerc starts from pole position on a star-studded Florida track. Leclerc took pole on Saturday as Formula 1 hit Florida and kept his cool in the scorching 33-degree heat, with Carlos Sainz completing an all-Ferrari front row.
Max Verstappen has regained his title defense after a dominant performance at Imola two weeks ago and the Red Bull star looked set to start Sunday’s race in the box to take advantage of Leclerc’s 27-point lead at the top of the standings. But now he will be at a disadvantage after making a mistake in his last race, while Lewis Hamilton qualified sixth in his Mercedes.
Sports stars and celebrities alike arrived as Formula 1 arrives in Florida, with Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, David Beckham and Serena Williams all in attendance for the eagerly anticipated race. To make it even more exciting, there have been reports that there may be rain at the Miami International Speedway – in what appears to be an unmissable race.
Follow the build-up, coverage and live reaction of the F1 Miami Grand Prix below:
Alonso and Gasly make contact!
Fernando Alonso overtook Pierre Gasly at Turn 1 and the pair made contact!
The Spaniard goes to the inside line, but when the Frenchman enters, Alonso brakes and the front left of his car hits the right of Gasly’s AlphaTauri.
Alonso takes the position and Gasly stays behind Stroll. The stewards noticed the incident, and Alonso could receive a penalty for it.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 21:37
Vettel warned that the rain is coming
Sebastian Vettel’s race engineer was on the radio to warn that the German “there’s a little rain in the air, maybe eight minutes away”.
A bit of wet weather might be the only thing cheering this race up, as it settled into a rather monotonous pace, with the cars scattering and unable to fight each other well. The track facilities can provide a good atmosphere, but the layout itself has produced poor quality racing so far.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 21:32
Action on the track is further down the field
There are now gaps of at least five seconds between all the top four, including eight seconds between Verstappen and Leclerc, which means there isn’t a lot of emotion going on.
The fight going on is taking place between 11th and 15th, where Lance Stroll leads a DRS train including Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Lando Norris.
The Haas cars apparently had their race somewhat ruined by getting stuck behind Stroll, who they can’t overtake and have yet to stop.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 21:26
Slow stop for Sainz allows Perez to catch up
Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez entered the pits on the same lap now and a sticky front right wheel nut costs the Ferrari man a few valuable seconds.
They come back in third and fourth as they were racing before entering the pits, but the Mexican is now just five seconds behind instead of the eight he was after suffering a temporary loss of engine power.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 21:18
Verstappen in the lead pits
Race leader Max Verstappen makes his own pit stop two laps after Charles Leclerc and the mechanics in the Red Bull garage did an excellent job.
The Dutchman is back on track in second place, seven seconds behind Carlos Sainz at Ferrari, who has yet to stop.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 9:16 pm
Leclerc in the pits for Ferrari
Charles Leclerc has just set the fastest lap of the race but is complaining about his car’s performance and is in the pits for new hard tyres.
The Monegasque is the first of the first two teams to stop and starts fourth, behind Sergio Perez and ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 21:13
Hamilton enters the pits
Lewis Hamilton is the first of the top six drivers to enter the pits and at 2.7s the Mercedes team will be happy with their work.
The 37-year-old is back on track and ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in seventh, just behind teammate George Russell, who has yet to stop.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 21:10
Perez loses power and a lot of time
Sergio Perez reported a loss of power to Red Bull and pulled back significantly from the favourites.
The Mexican drove two very slow laps and had to beg his race engineer to believe there was a mechanical problem.
“I’m losing power… I’m losing four seconds on each straight!” shouted the Mexican, before Red Bull made some sort of correction and Perez reports that things are good again.
He is now over 7.5s behind Carlos Sainz, which means he has lost around six seconds of valuable time.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 21:08
Norris loses at pitstop
Lando Norris made his first trip to the pits and lost a lot.
The Briton had to sit back and wait for a slow tire change and was passed by Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen on the way out.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 21:05
Race getting into rhythm with Verstappen in control
The battle at the front has calmed down for now with Max Verstappen in full control of this race and leading Charles Leclerc by 3.2s.
Carlos Sainz is another 2.5s behind, just over a second ahead of Sergio Perez.
The most intense battle on the track was between Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso for seventh place, but a slow Alpine stop means that there is now a gap of a few seconds between the two.
Dan AustinMay 8, 2022 21:01