Episode 317 – One Better Than Austin?

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 08: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 08, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202205083099 // Usage for editorial use only //

The debut of the Miami Grand Prix was hailed as the big showbiz event that F1 has been waiting for, especially since Chase Carey promised us “23 SuperBowls a year” and while it certainly seems to have delivered on the celebrity factor (sans Pitbull!) did it deliver where it matters on the track?

This week we look back at the race where Max Verstappen carried on his streak of winning every race he’s finished in 2022 and where Mercedes hoped to counter the porpoising problems and also get a bit of their pace back. There’s our usual back to front review, but as the finishing order is mixed up this season, thanks to closer racing (at last) we sort of struggled to do it in our usual team by team order.

Of course it wouldn’t be one of our podcasts without tangents and cat invasions and you’ll be glad to hear that there’s plenty of those throughout as well!

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  1. The part I don’t understand about Miami is why it was a track anyone could see would allow no real racing, since they were making it in a parking lot with cones? Why not make a track which encouraged racing? Anyway my solutions are 1) a spec set of less powerful brakes to lower costs and extend braking zones, which is where we want to see the action, and 2) more track between the two ends of the pits so the penalty for pitting is less. As long as the pitlane is parallel the fastest straightest equal length part of the track people will baby their tires.

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