Q3: Open the session sticker now!
It’s starting with FT3 and you know the game: Here at this point there is only the most important information, pictures and voices for the next 60 minutes. You can get the complete coverage in our session ticker with Stefan Ehlen.
At Ferrari, by the way, it looks like they are working on the rear wing and will drive with a little less downforce. In return, you would be a little faster on straight.
Formula 1 reports only 20 percent risk of rain for FT3. But this is not particularly surprising, because it is expected right now that the rain will come first in qualifying.
The temperatures are very similar yesterday: the air temperature is 32.8 degrees, the asphalt is a full 48.4 degrees. It’s not comfortable in the car …
Watches: Drivers risk a fine of 250,000 euros
And the jewelry thing continues: Drivers have been informed that the ban in Formula 1 has been extended to include watches. Violations of the rules can result in fines of up to 250,000 euros – and even deduction of World Cup points.
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FT3: Drivers must catch up
The third training session starts in less than 30 minutes. As a rule, FT3 is not the most spectacular session on a weekend. But more drivers still have little to catch up with.
As a reminder: Bottas was unable to drive in FT2 after his FT1 crash, Verstappen only managed one lap with hydraulic problems, and FT2 was over early for Sainz after his crash.
Asphalt renewed again
The asphalt in curves 7 and 17 was renewed on Friday night. And in the night leading up to today’s Saturday, the 17th century was filled up again.
In addition, the curbs at the pit entrance were removed and replaced with bollards. It should reduce the risk of possible accidents there somewhat.
Horner: Monaco would not be on the calendar today
It’s about whether circuits like Monaco next to Miami and Co. still has a future in Formula 1. The Red Bull team boss makes it clear that Monaco would have no chance of getting on the calendar these days.
The race pays the lowest fee, there are no overtaking and the history of the race is the only reason GP is still on the calendar today. This is also where PK ends.
Horner: Liberty had to pay for Andretti
It’s about Andretti’s planned entry into Formula 1. Horner explains that the big question in the end is how the money distribution will change if there is an eleventh team in the future.
He believes that the ten existing teams should not give up part of the cake. You can not expect that. So if Liberty wanted an eleventh team, they would have to pay for it out of their own pocket.
Ferrari tire test
The topic comes up again in the second PK round. Steiner says he is “okay” with the FIA acquitting Ferrari. However, he knows no details.
Horner explains that it is the job of the FIA to monitor such issues. Because you need to prevent tire tests from turning into aero tests in the future.
This is especially important this year because the cars are still so new. This could give teams an advantage that is not in the spirit of the inventor.
Horner: Satisfied with Perez
Part 2 of PK begins, now Christian Horner, Günther Steiner and Frederic Vasseur are on stage. The Red Bull team boss is being asked about the future of Perez, whose contract expires at the end of the year.
“Checo has done a good job,” he says, adding that the new car suits him much better than last year. “Everyone on the team is very happy with the work that Checo is doing,” Horner emphasizes.
Nevertheless, it is still too early to talk about his future. There were only four out of 23 races.
Brown: No Miami GP without Netflix
Strong statement from the McLaren boss, who should emphasize how important the Netflix documentary was for Formula 1, especially in the United States. In his opinion, there would be no Miami GP without Drive to Survive.
Netflix helped Formula One open its doors in the United States. Of course, it is not possible to check whether he is right in this thesis. The fact is that Miami has been interested in a GP since at least 2017.
The first Netflix season was released in 2019.
This topic comes up again. Wolff explains that a “dialogue” between Hamilton and the FIA was important. He can understand both sides, because the rules are there to protect the drivers.
In return, it is about self-determination and free personal development of the pilots. “We know it’s important to Lewis,” Wolff recalls. But he is confident that both sides will find a solution.
Wolff takes on the task of the FIA
It’s about the Ferrari tire test in Imola that hit big waves yesterday. “I did not follow it in detail,” says Wolff, who, however, makes it clear that the FIA must be in control of such things.
“If the FIA did not follow this 100 percent, then I’m sure they will now,” Wolff said. Brown adds that “total transparency” is needed in such matters. And he trusts the FIA.
Rossi: Had a lot of mishaps
We return to the ticker with the team managers’ PK, which started a few minutes ago. In Part 1, we welcome Zak Brown, Toto Wolff and Laurent Rossi. The latter agrees that Alonso has had a lot of mishaps so far this year.
Alonso himself said it was his best start to the season since 2012. Rossi agrees, saying it feels like Alonso is number four in the World Cup because he is ahead in every race. In reality, however, he is only on P15.
He just had a lot of mishaps.
It’s just after 6:00 in Miami now, so nothing’s happening in the fold yet. A good time for us to take our announced break before we start on the field again. As a reminder, here are the times for today’s sessions (CEST):
19.00: 3rd free training session
So it’s going to be a long day, so let’s take a deep breath and gather new strength for the evening!
Norris is not completely satisfied yet
“The second training session was better than the first,” the Briton reports after P6 yesterday, explaining: “We made some good changes, but it’s hard to know what the others have done.”
“The car felt better. The others pushed because you could see that some were in the barriers. It’s not like every run is relaxing.”
“We have taken a few steps forward and need to do a few more for training three. We are not where we want to be yet. Mercedes is far from us,” Norris said.
Let’s see if McLaren can get closer to the factory team again today.
How will the weather be?
Earlier we mentioned briefly that it could rain today and / or tomorrow in Miami. And in fact, at the moment, it looks like the qualifier is getting wet afterwards!
One hour before the qualification – around 15.00 local time – there must be a thunderstorm. There was also going to be a lot of rain. Our complete weather forecast for the weekend is here!