This weekend will mark the debut of the Miami Grand Prix as the 2022 F1 season moves into it’s fifth race.
So far, after four races, Ferrari remains atop the 2022 Constructor Standings with Red Bull in second and Mercedes a fair bit behind in third. Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton also continues to struggle and sits in 7th in the Drivers Standings while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc leads, continuing to hold a narrow lead over second-place Max Verstappen, who won in Imola two weeks ago.
The rest of the top five is Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, Mercedes’ George Russell, and Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz. McClaren’s Lando Norris also sits ahead of Hamilton in 6th place.
Miami will be the 77th venue to host an F1 Grand Prix and the 11th different U.S. venue to host a race. It’s one of two races hosted in the U.S. this year, with Austin being run later in the season.
Since this is the first Miami Grand Prix we don’t know much about the track or how the drivers will handle it. We do know that there will be a few long straights and three DRS Zones, which should lead to a fair amount of overtaking, and simulations suggest that cars will hit a top speed of 198 mph, which would be the second-fastest track on the circuit.
Obviously, this faster track with multiple straightaways should favor teams with better top speed and engine power since they would be best positioned to capitalize on those opportunities.
Miami Grand Prix TV, how to watch
- Date: Saturday, May 7th
- Time: 3:55 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
- Date: Sunday, May 8th
- Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
- TV: ABC
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2022 Miami Grand Prix Odds
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Odds for Miami Grand Prix courtesy of DraftKings. For more, click here.
Miami Grand Prix Top Pick
Max Verstappen to win (+100)
We mentioned above that this course has lots of straightaways which will favor cars with better straight-line speed and top engine performance, which will help Red Bull. There is also the potential for rain in the forecast, which always seems to favor Verstappen, who is one of the best wet-track drivers in the field. The only thing that has stopped him this season has been car troubles, so if the car holds up, Verstappen should take the checkered flag.
Miami Grand Prix Darkhorse Picks
Daniel Ricciardo to finish top six (+160)
As we mentioned last race when we predicted Lando Norris would finish top-six, the McLaren cars have generally been improving in pace and performance since the first weekend. Ricciardo had a DNF in Suadi Arabia and then was involved in a crash with Carlos Sainz on the first lap of Imola, which took him out of contention totally. However, Ricciardo was great in Australia and should perform well in this kind of track, much like he was in Saudi Arabia before the letdown.
Esteban Ocon to finish top-ten (-125)
Alpine was another team that did well in Saudi Arabia, on a track that is similar to this one in Miami. In that race, Ocon finished sixth but also benefited from the aforementioned Ricciardo DNF. Ocon is +350 to finish top-six in Miami if you wanted to take a gamble, but the safer bet is just that Alpine performs well again and Ocon has been the better performing driver of the two so far.
Other potential top-ten bets: Kevin Magnussen (-200), Valtteri Bottas (-250)