Miami go-kart chicanery is not suitable for F1 cars

The Miami International Autodrome, a temporary facility that revolves around Miami Dolphins ’Hard Rock Stadium, featured a diverse mix of medium and high-speed bends, a long straight and very narrow section below the turnout.

The 5.41 km schedule did not give a great show, which is partly attributed to the lack of grip of the surface from the race line. Still, it generally met with modest praise from drivers, who only singled out the bumpy Turn 14-15 chicane as an area for improvement.

Before the race the Sector 2 combination was called Mickey Mouse or Formula E chicane, and later race winner Verstappen hoped it would be resolved for next year’s event, saying he nearly knocked out in training by jumping over high curbs.

“I think we can improve a few areas on the track,” Red Bull driver Verstappen said. “Chicane 14-15 is a bit of a tricky combination. I think I’d be in a go-kart, it would be a nice chicane, but not in an F1 car like we have at the moment.

“I remember that in the four rounds I did on Friday, I almost knocked out because I hit the first curb and your head just bounced from left to right at least five or six times, but very badly.

“If you take it a little too much, just because it’s so long, so wide, so stiff and super heavy that it’s a small curb, it’s just not made to be honest.

“So maybe we already have to change the look of the curb, that it’s a little more progressive ramp and it looks a little nicer to cross over. Maybe that already helps. But yeah, it’s so slow and I think our cars look so much better if it’s a little more flow combination . “

Ferrari Carlos Sainzwho finished third in Sunday’s race, believes a bit of luck is needed to ride the chicane to the right.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Due to limited available racing in the next turn, the Spaniard agreed that slow chicanery is needed on that part of the track, but said drivers are already discussing adjustments with F1 to make a better turn.

“I think it’s chic that with this generation of cars that are heavy, that are wide, just when you go around those two curb tops, you seem to need a little luck to get around it and sometimes you catch it weird angle and the car bounces a lot, then sometimes it you knock and you get a tenth or two, ”he explained.

“It’s an angle that’s just a little unnatural. I think it’s still needed because there’s not a lot of space there and you have to be pretty slow when approaching 16 because there’s no runoff. So we need something slow, we need something solid.

“It’s just the nature of the two curves, the way they’re connected, which is not a problem. It’s a new path you’ll always go through these phases and we’re already in touch with FOM, with Ross and his team to actually solve it and make up the better part of the circle. “

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Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclercwho started the race from the pole, but was then overtaken by Verstappen in the first part, was one of the few drivers who really enjoyed the challenge that the unusual chicane provided.

Still, he agreed that changing the schedule could benefit the spectacle.

“I think I’m the only driver on the net who actually liked this chicane. I enjoyed it,” he said.

“But on the other hand, I agree that for racing action I think we can do something better because tracking wasn’t easy in that part, also for visibility it’s pretty hard when you have a car in front because so you have to be precise on the edges.

“It makes it even harder to follow, but other than that, I actually quite enjoyed it.”

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