Miami GP: 5 big questions that need answers this weekend

Miami Grand Prix circuit

The Miami Grand Prix makes its long-awaited debut this weekend as Formula 1 heads Stateside for the first of two races in the US this season.

The sport has been looking to crack America for some time and appears to have done so now, with three races in the country set to be on the schedule from 2023.

With that said, then, it’s going to be fascinating watching the first-ever Miami Grand Prix and, for all the glitz and glamour in the build-up, the hope has to be that the racing action is what grabs the headlines in the end on Sunday.

Let’s take a look at the big questions that need answers this weekend…

Will the circuit entertain?

Ultimately, the real test of this event will be if the circuit provides the goods in terms of racing action come the Grand Prix.

It’s a track that winds around the Hard Rock stadium and it looks like it has good overtaking opportunities, but it remains to be seen if that is what plays out.

If the racing is good, though, F1 will see this as a universally successful event.

Will McLaren take more strides?

McLaren have perhaps made the most progress of all the teams so far this season with them struggling horribly at the first race in Bahrain and now looking like contenders to be the third-fastest car on the grid.

Lando Norris achieved a good podium last time out at Imola as Ferrari had trouble with both their cars and the aim has to be to try and build on that even further this weekend.

How will Charles Leclerc respond?

The Ferrari man had a tough time last time out in Imola with him seeing his lead cut down to 27 points in the Drivers’ championship.

Of course, that’s still a healthy lead but events in Italy were the first time he had a wobble, and so he’ll be eager to respond and show his class in Miami as that is what champions do.

Charles Leclerc leaves the Ferrari garage
IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 22: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving (16) the Ferrari F1-75 in the Pitlane during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 22, 2022 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Will Fernando Alonso’s luck change?

Fernando Alonso had more bad luck in the Alpine at Imola and had to retire.

He has said himself that the car seems quick and that is a fair assessment, so he’ll just hope for better fortune this weekend.

If he can get that, there’s no denying he has the talent to be regularly scoring good points for the team this season.

Will Max Verstappen keep up his streak?

Max Verstappen has got a happy habit of winning any race he finishes this season.

Indeed, it’s clear that the RB18 is very quick at his hands and if they are on top of the reliability woes that they have had with the car then he will feel he can still erode the championship lead that Charles Leclerc has built up.

If he finishes this weekend, then, will it be P1 again? Time will soon tell…

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