Hamilton: There are more important issues
The Briton is again asked about the jewelery ban. Since then the FIA has tightened up again. Hamilton says, however, that he can not say much more than the last time he was asked.
In his opinion, it is a “step back” for the sport. There are far more important topics to focus on. He therefore wants to “work” with the FIA to bring the sport forward.
He believes discussions about the jewelry ban are unnecessary.
Mick is also involved
The German also chose a special helmet this weekend. We must slowly make sure to keep track of things …
In a few minutes, PK will begin in Miami, which will be the focus of our ticker for the next two hours.
As a reminder, here are the groups again:
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
Alexander Albon (Williams)
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Mick Schumacher (Haas)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
George Russell (Mercedes)
Three special helmets
Why just one when you can take three at the same time? Bottas brought several special designs to Miami! Two more and he could run with another in each session …
As usual, the helmets were designed by his girlfriend Tiffany Cromwell.
“Wrong Marina” key basket in Miami
The fake gate caused a lot of ridicule among Formula 1 fans online in the run up to the Miami premiere. So much the more curious that Tour 7 could be the key to victory there this weekend!
Tsunoda explains: “Getting there or missing the tip will make a huge difference in time. The corner also increases the chances of overtaking, which is why it’s the key point on this course.”
More driver reviews are here!
Difficult entrance to the pit
In the history of Formula 1, it has happened several times that a driver has been injured in the driveway to the pit lane. And in Miami, this place seems almost destined for an accident!
Therefore, a short-term change was made again. Initially, the speed limit for the pit was to apply only after the harassment. However, for security reasons, the line was drawn in front of the harassment.
Let’s cross our fingers that everything goes smoothly.
AD: The Miami premiere live on Sky!
When the Formula 1 cars take to the field in Miami for the first time in history, you can be there live! Sky again shows all sessions live this weekend and the race on Sunday with no advertising breaks.
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Brundle: Speculation about Hamilton’s departure “nonsense”
The record holder’s current Mercedes contract runs until the end of 2023. Nevertheless, given the current crisis, some Formula 1 fans are speculating that Hamilton could give up the bits before then.
“It’s complete nonsense,” Martin Brundle clarified on ‘Sky’, explaining: “It’s too early to talk about Lewis being able to stop.” He recalls that Hamilton delivered one of the best races of his career in Brazil in 2021.
And that was only a few months ago. “Suddenly” he should not feel like more and wanted to stop. “It’s just stupid talk,” he clarifies.
Berger: Leclerc must “be able to drive tactically”
“To become world champion is not enough just to be fast,” explains former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger in an interview with “Sport1”, after world championship leader Leclerc made a mistake in Imola and gave an actual safe podium place away.
“One must also be able to drive tactically,” Berger says, adding, “Let’s see if he can do it. In Imola, he threw third place because he drove too carelessly through the harassment and spun as a result.”
“If it had been about winning, I would have understood it. But if you want to become world champion, you have to count in your head and sometimes take third place if you can’t,” Berger said.
“He just risked too much,” he says, explaining, “You can get stuck in the other person’s gear, put pressure on them and then hope for a mistake. But you can not take too many risks yourself. But he did and so many made Lost point to Verstappen. “
In the World Cup, Leclerc is “only” 27 points ahead of Verstappen ahead of Miami. Converted, it is still more than a victory in the race.
Repair work on the track
New track and already destroyed: On Friday night, the asphalt had to be repaired in some places on the new track in Miami. To be exact, it is the 7th and 17th turns where there were problems.
Apparently the damage was only minor and there is apparently no need to worry about the rest of the route. Let’s hope for the best, because bad asphalt is a tradition on American racetracks …
Photo gallery: The most unusual Grand Prix designations
Swamp Buggy Racing
I have to admit that until now I had no idea what an dump truck is exactly. Many thanks to Red Bull for enlightening us with this video! “I’ve never seen anything like it,” admits world champion Max Verstappen.
Here you can see how he and Yuki Tsunoda do things. It definitely looks like a lot of fun!
Just a piece of advice: this weekend, Kevin Scheuren and our editor-in-chief Christian Nimmervoll will of course be there for you again on all three days of live analysis on the Formula 1 YouTube channel!
Due to the time difference, it will not start until 2.30 pm today. But: For the first time, a detailed long-term analysis is included! If not, it’s worth staying awake 😉
Impressions from Miami
We have talked about it several times: Officially, Media Thursday no longer exists this year. Nevertheless, a lot happened on and around the track already yesterday.
We have gathered the best impressions. The highlight is definitely the McLaren outfit that US host James Corden apparently had a finger in!