Martin Brundle: I am reviewing the electric debut at the Miami GP while Max Verstappen removes Charles Leclerc, and the Mercedes ‘mystery’ still lasts


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Best of the action from the Miami Grand Prix.

Best of the action from the Miami Grand Prix.

I haven’t seen these super-fit and perfectly prepared F1 drivers in a long time look so dazed after a 94-minute race.

I know that horrible feeling after a race, where your core is so hot and it continues to swell, you lack a lot of fluid, and every organ, muscle and tendon complains a lot about the need for essential ingredients.

You just can’t run away from your own body because the pain is growing and the adrenaline is fading. I felt Max Verstappen sitting on a buggy after a race with a zooming camera, I’m sure he just wanted to lie down, roll over and moan a little.

Occasionally after two hours in the humidity of Singapore they look pretty wrecked, but the level of traction on the track and the low-degradation tires, and therefore the relentless pace, were tough. There is always airless nature rushing along the walls of the street circle, and inside the cockpit it can be 50+ degrees because aerodynamicists never want to spend a lot of air and drag the driver, who is then wrapped in several layers of clothing, gloves, helmets, boots, balaclavas.

Lewis Hamilton says he will work with the FIA ​​to resolve the ongoing dispute over his jewelry, acknowledging that there are more important issues to focus on.

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Lewis Hamilton says he will work with the FIA ​​to resolve the ongoing dispute over his jewelry, acknowledging that there are more important issues to focus on.

Lewis Hamilton says he will work with the FIA ​​to resolve the ongoing dispute over his jewelry, acknowledging that there are more important issues to focus on.

The FIA ​​recently insisted that drivers do not wear jewelry or watches, and that they wear fireproof underpants, or do not wear underpants, only fireproof tights, which are probably considered ‘low hanging fruit’ in search of added security. Honestly, if your panties are on fire, you have much bigger problems, and when you switch to the side of these cars, you have already mentally done a lot of management about how much risk you are willing to take.

I believe that much of the clumsy contact we saw towards the end of the race is due to overheating of the driver, which can make you feel dizzy and your judgment a little fading.

Miami’s F1 debut was a huge success

I think the Miami and F1 events team did a really great job with the track, especially considering the boundaries and the rather boring canvas of the parking lot to work on. Aside from the big championship race in the showdown, I’ve never experienced so much hype and excitement around the Grand Prix.

The track surface was tense and despite the 17th turn looking like a rag quilt, thankfully, along with copious sweeping, it withstood the traction of 20 modern F1 cars.

Sebastian Vettel takes Martin Brundle of Sky Sports on a test drive around the Miami racetrack.

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Sebastian Vettel takes Martin Brundle of Sky Sports on a test drive around the Miami racetrack.

Sebastian Vettel takes Martin Brundle of Sky Sports on a test drive around the Miami racetrack.

Lewis Hamilton and others thought the tight chicane on the T14 / 15 was too much, but I liked the television, and there was a difference between a car and a driver.

Undoubtedly, the outer wall on T11 needs significantly more protection as Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz have learned at their expense and expense to their team.

I never really understand how these problems materialize, as a rider you can take a walk, bike or scooter around the track once and immediately see problem areas as if red lights are flashing on them.

Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon complain about the falls of their concrete walls at turn 14 at the Miami GP and believe it should be Tecpro on that corner for driver safety.

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Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon complain about the falls of their concrete walls at turn 14 at the Miami GP and believe it should be Tecpro on that corner for driver safety.

Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon complain about the falls of their concrete walls at turn 14 at the Miami GP and believe it should be Tecpro on that corner for driver safety.

Verstappen, Red Bull’s attack continues after Land’s clash

Again Charles Leclerc and his Ferrari were the fastest combination on the track to secure a pole position, but Ferrari once again had no answer to Red Bull’s incredible straight-line speed with or without a DRS open rear wing. Unless they fix it with less resistance at high speeds, this will be the Red Bull World Cup.

Karun Chandhok of Sky Sports is taking a closer look at how Max Verstappen won the Miami Grand Prix.

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Karun Chandhok of Sky Sports is taking a closer look at how Max Verstappen won the Miami Grand Prix.

Karun Chandhok of Sky Sports is taking a closer look at how Max Verstappen won the Miami Grand Prix.

It was another very impressive and mature ride for both Verstappen and Leclerc, but Ferrari drivers just can’t get through the wind like Leclerc did to Verstappen in Bahrain. This gives Max and teammate Sergio Perez a comfort zone to take care of their tires and play a longer game knowing they can later jump down a relatively risk-free straight.

Carlos Sainz had a very important weekend for his confidence as the Ferrari pair were together on the podium for the third time in five races so far this season. He had not passed the lap in the previous two races and had another significant shunt in training. He kept his head down and did well to turn down Perez who was on fresh mid-range tires even though he was wearing a gremlin engine.

Ferrari certainly wants at least one of its cars to be thrown under the inevitable VSC and a completely safety car in lap 40 when limping Pierre Gasly came across alongside a Land Norris passing on a relatively narrow section of track. Verstappen had just crossed the border when a virtual safety car was declared.

Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly reunite causing Norris to lose the wheel and he drops out of the Miami GP.

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Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly reunite causing Norris to lose the wheel and he drops out of the Miami GP.

Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly reunite causing Norris to lose the wheel and he drops out of the Miami GP.

Land’s shunt pretty much summed up McLaren’s weekend in Miami where they weren’t nearly as strong as last time in Imola. Without Norris and the punished Daniel Ricciard and the distant 13th it was a race to oblivion for them.

Mercedes’ most worrying weekend so far?

Mercedes was again the third best team, but in many ways I think it was the weekend that worried them the most considering George Russell was the fastest on Friday and then fought for the pace and the team just didn’t know why . They’ve already talked about ‘giant’ cars, but this one is just a plain mystery with a window mounted on a knife blade. There’s a good car out there, it’s just so well hidden.

It’s easy to say that Russell was lucky with the safety car, but from the start he had to steer the hard compound tires, hold his head when he stepped back a bit, build a long-term pace as others began to fade, and then call cockpit shots on how to stay outside and hope for a safe car. Sometimes you create happiness yourself.

Lewis Hamilton remained frustrated after finishing sixth at the Miami Grand Prix and admits he was confused as to why he was asked to make a decision on the bot during the safety car.

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Lewis Hamilton remained frustrated after finishing sixth at the Miami Grand Prix and admits he was confused as to why he was asked to make a decision on the bot during the safety car.

Lewis Hamilton remained frustrated after finishing sixth at the Miami Grand Prix and admits he was confused as to why he was asked to make a decision on the bot during the safety car.

Lewis again had no luck with the safety car and from his side of the garage was indecision, not the usual masterful strategy we have become accustomed to these past few years. It’s a tough time and the impatient George, with most of his career still ahead of him, is coping better with the situation than Lewis, judging by the radio broadcasts. If the car suited Ferrari and Red Bull, you could reasonably argue that Mercedes has the best driver combination online.

Fernando Alonso had an angry and clumsy race to forget, he made contact on several occasions and took penalties and for that he interrupted the course to finish outside the points. He carries a lot of frustration because this season is going at a solid pace, but only two points alongside his name from the first race of the season.

Martin Brundle catches up with Ian Poulter, Dwyane Wade, Pharrell Williams and others before the Miami GP

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Martin Brundle catches up with Ian Poulter, Dwyane Wade, Pharrell Williams and others before the Miami GP

Martin Brundle catches up with Ian Poulter, Dwyane Wade, Pharrell Williams and others before the Miami GP

This gave the excellent Alex Albon the ninth and two points for Williams, and Pitlane, who started with Lance Stroll, the well-deserved point for Aston Martin. They both drove well all weekend.

Like Mick Schumacher for Haas until he collapsed on the side of his mentor Sebastian Vettel. I bet it was an awkward conversation after the race.

Esteban Ocon came from behind in a newly created car and finished in an impressive eighth place for Alpine. With Aston Martins, he’s a good reminder that, with easier 2022 car tracking and plentiful DRS zones, with decent strategy and boxing stops, with patience, you can score points from anywhere on the grid or even from Pitlane.

The net was also incredibly busy before the race, and my sincere apologies to Patrick Mahomes and Paolo Bancher for the confusion.

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