What’s happening in Miami – and where is Formula 1 worth it!
Listen to this edition of the Formula 1 podcast Starting Grid! Our editor-in-chief Christian Nimmervoll is also at the start and he talks with the moderators about the upcoming race in Miami.
A big topic is also: How the new financial situation in Formula 1 is below the budget limit, and why a group like Volkswagen sees this as the ideal starting point for 2026 with two brands – Audi and Porsche – in motorsport’s “first class” to enter
Interview in front of trash cans
Great efforts have been made in Miami to spruce up the route around Hard Rock Stadium. This picture does not really fit into the picture: Aston Martin’s team manager Mike Krack is interviewed by Andrea Schlager, the ServusTV team is there too. And in the background there are two trash cans. They are unlikely to appear in the final TV product, only in this shot from Aston PR director Matt Bishop.
Schedule and weather for the weekend
You have probably noticed that we started the Formula 1 ticker a little later than usual today. It has to do with the schedule for the Miami Grand Prix, with the time difference to Florida / USA. This will keep us busy for the next few days. As always, you can find out more about this in our TV overview for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which also contains a schedule for all Formula 1 units.
As always, we have also made a weather forecast. We update them again and again over the weekend so there is always an updated weather forecast. At the moment it says: It may rain, but it does not have to.
Small adjustments to DRS zones in Miami
No wheels have been driven in Miami yet, but those in charge of the World Automobile Federation (FIA) have implemented changes in the three DRS zones again.
– Zone 1: The measuring point after curve 8 was moved seven meters back. DRS activation can also take place 37 meters earlier, ie shortly after turning 9.
– Zone 2: The measuring point after curve 16 on the back was just moved three meters forward.
– Zone 3: The measuring point in curve 17 was moved four meters forward.
The Mercedes track sketch gives an impression of the new Formula 1 race track, and the three DRS zones are also noted on it.
The concern for iguanas in Miami
The Formula 1 track in Miami is partially lined with palm trees. This causes problems that other courses do not have. “We first had to build all the safety fences around the trees and make sure there were no loose branches that could fall off,” says Sam Worthy, project manager at track designer Apex from England.
But not only can the flora cause difficulties in Florida, the fauna is also a potential danger to Formula 1. Specifically: iguanas. “We certainly do not want a big iguana [von einer Palme] driving into a Formula 1 driver, “Worthy says.” Sometimes when it gets cold, they just fall out of the tree because they are cold-blooded. But that should not be a problem in May. Nevertheless, of course, iguanas can still climb trees or cross the course. “
That’s why those in charge in Miami send the marshals on small game excursions several times a day. “You should cover all openings [in den Betonwänden am Streckenrand] and make sure there are no iguanas in there or in the trees, “Worthy said.” And yes, it’s quite unique! “
And Gasly meets “His Airness”
Lando Norris may have the helmet in basketball look, but Pierre Gasly met him: Michael Jordan, one of the most famous basketball pros ever. Nickname: His Airness.
Gasly talks about an “incredible dinner” with Jordan. And his Formula 1 driver colleague Daniel Ricciardo comments: “I really think I should have cried!”
Norris plays basketball
While we have it from McLaren: Here’s Lando Norris’ special design for the Miami Grand Prix. A helmet like a basketball that fits the United States.
The McLaren boss is in favor of a rotating calendar
More and more races, it is not possible in Formula 1, says McLaren boss Zak Brown. He says: “Logistically, we can actually not manage more than 23 Grand Prix. In principle, everyone has the impression:  is the maximum. “
But Formula 1 is constantly receiving more offers on further races. Brown sees the solution in a so-called rotation calendar, where no Grand Prix are held every year, but for example every other year.
He calculates: “So if we have 17, for example [fixe] races and five more rotating, then we would still be at 23 races and our numbers remained the same. We did not want to increase the frequency, but the number of markets. And there are many sports that hold their competitions every two or four years. A Grand Prix only every four years, it’s not really possible, but every other year it would work. “
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