Double pole for the Scuderia
Ferrari inspires in Miami, Vettel argues
With a driving error at Imola in the Ferrari home Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc carelessly threw away a better position, but the Monegasque recovered quickly: in Miami the world championship leader won his first pole on the new track. Highlights the drivers, including Sebastian Vettel.
World championship leader Charles Leclerc will be the first driver to start from pole position in a Formula 1 race in Miami. The Monaco Ferrari driver secured first place in qualifying ahead of Spanish teammate Carlos Sainz. In the end, world champion Max Verstappen was no longer able to counter the pace of the Scuderia drivers and had to settle for third place with Red Bull.
After his coup, Leclerc immersed himself a little in the jubilation of the spectators. “The fans are wonderful. Now we have to finish the job tomorrow,” said the 24-year-old. Verstappen was relaxed despite the defeat. “We have a good car and good chances in the race. A lot of things can happen,” said the Dutchman. Just like in Imola two weeks ago: Leclerc arrived at Ferrari’s home race as the first favorite, but he had to admit defeat. Also because he has lost his nerve. His departure shortly before the end was not necessary. He may have passed Sergio Perez in second place with the second Red Bull, but not Verstappen. Leclerc risked too much.
Vettel disagrees with himself
The work day ended soberly for Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher, both of whom failed in the second round. “Oh no, I lost him at the chicane,” Vettel complained to the pit radio after a driving mistake on the last attempt cost him a place in the top ten. The Aston Martin driver had to settle for 13th place.
Schumacher did not make it past 15th place in his US team Haas’ home game. “It was not a good qualification on our part,” he admitted to the Sky TV channel. When he tries to finally get his first points in the Formula 1 World Championship, the 23-year-old has to improve a lot on Sunday (21:30 / Sky).
Before the fifth round of the season, Leclerc leads the overall standings with a 27-point lead over Verstappen. They both won two races each. The Miami International Autodrome makes its debut on the racing calendar. A 5,412-kilometer track was built around Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins football team.
Many drivers still had problems with the course when they were getting used to it. The training sessions had to be interrupted several times due to accidents, and the pilots made numerous spins and small errors. Reigning champion Verstappen also had problems at the start and was only able to collect a few test kilometers on Friday due to an overheated car. Who took revenge on the hunt for the place of departure.
Despite the high ticket prices, all three debut days at the Miami International Circuit are sold out. 85,000 spectators are expected for Sunday’s race. Recently, Formula 1 has experienced a real boom in the US market, which had been difficult for a long time. Last fall, more than 400,000 fans flocked to the Circuit of the Americas for the Austin, Texas Grand Prix.
In the wake of the public success of the Netflix series “Drive to survival”, Formula 1 has already signed a contract for a third US guest appearance on the legendary Las Vegas Strip for 2023. “We have finally landed in North America,” he said. said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, describing the atmosphere in Miami as “mega”.