F1 LIVE | Second free practice session for the Miami Grand Prix

06-05-2022 21:30
by GPblog.com
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F1 LIVE | Second free practice session for the Miami Grand Prix

The Formula 1 teams are ready for the second free practice session ahead of the Miami Grand Prix. Where the formations were able to gather the necessary data a few hours earlier, in the second session the goal will be to further improve the performance.

Live blog of second free practice for the Miami GP

 

It promises to be a sizzling weekend on the American circuit. The teams will have to deal with a completely new circuit, so the question is which teams will be able to set up their car right away. Teams that fail to do so will face major consequences in qualifying.

Red Bull Racing, with Max Verstappen, will do everything it can to continue the good line of Imola. The Dutchman had to deal with two dropouts in the first four races, but looking solely at Italy, he can take a lot of positivity out of the performance.

Ferrari, meanwhile, are not sitting still at all. With a new internal combustion engine, the Italians hope to beat Verstappen in the United States and deal Red Bull another blow. At the end of the race weekend, it will be clear how big the difference with Verstappen will be.

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A very quick glance at the track tells you this is a circuit that will suit the Red Bull Racing car. Whilst cars that are better in the slow speed sectors gain more time because more time is spent in these sections, the amount of high-speed sections outweighs this similar to the Jeddah circuit. 

The front straight and back straights are very long which will favour the Red Bull car. In Jeddah, they walked away with pole position and the race victory because of the long straights and high-speed corners that are barely noticed by an F1 car. Turn six to turn 11 is very similar to what we see with Saudi Arabia’s turn 13 hairpin. 

The key part for Ferrari will be turns 11 to turn 16. Through this section, the cars will barely reach 150km/h which is where the Ferrari car really shows its strengths with traction in the corners allowing Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to get on the power early. 

Any gains made by Ferrari in this section could be eaten straight back up with an almighty long straight towards the stadium. Expect DRS to be extremely powerful here, with the braking zone at turn 17 hardly being used as an overtaking area. 

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