Drivers worry racing will probably be “actually tough” in Miami regardless of new monitor floor


Components 1 drivers are involved overtaking will stay tough on the Miami Worldwide Autodrome regardless of the brand new floor laid for the monitor’s second race.

Moreover the dearth of grip on the monitor final yr, some elements of the circuit started to interrupt up, making the monitor floor treacherous in locations. The occasion organisers fully relaid the monitor forward of F1’s return for the second Miami Grand Prix.

Nonetheless George Russell mentioned the monitor nonetheless feels totally different to different venues on the calendar. “We’ll go into Sunday with a little bit of an unknown,” he remarked after follow on Friday.

“The monitor’s been resurfaced. It’s nonetheless not performing like every other circuit. So it’s a real outlier right here, which is cool in some regards.

“I believe it may be actually tough to race as a result of you’ll be able to’t drive off-line. And I believe you’ve seen with just a few folks now, myself included, you set one wheel off and there’s no grip in anyway. So I don’t actually know what’s occurring on this Miami warmth.”

Lando Norris mentioned the floor has improved in some respects in comparison with final yr. “It’s higher as a result of it’s not developing and breaking apart and issues,” he mentioned.

“However by way of grip it was nonetheless fairly low. It’s getting higher, I believe it’s most likely simply by no means been used earlier than. It’s obtained quite a bit higher since this morning, most likely a very good few seconds’ value. This morning was fairly sketchy, although, on the primary few laps it was like ‘oh, no, it appears a bit like final yr’. However I believe it’s simply a way more use-able floor. It simply wants some operating, I believe.”

Nonetheless Norris can be involved overtaking will show tough within the race. “The one robust factor is in case you go a bit of bit off-line, you’re most likely in a wall someplace. So it’ll make racing fairly robust on Sunday.”

The excessive temperatures on the circuit add to the problem of extracting the out there grip, mentioned Lewis Hamilton. “The grip is absolutely fairly low on this new circuit.

“It’s attention-grabbing to see among the offs. I imply, it’s slippery, notably for the rear finish. It’s very, very excessive monitor floor [temperature] immediately so there’s quite a lot of sliding for lots of people, together with me and so quite a lot of overheating of the tyres.

“So we’re simply looking for that steadiness that retains the tyres someway in the appropriate spot. However they’re usually at all times over the height of the temps.”

Max Verstappen, who received final yr’s race on the monitor, echoed the view that there’s little grip to be discovered as soon as drivers enterprise away from the racing line.

“It’s nonetheless slippery off-line,” he mentioned. “On the driving line it’s fairly okay however as quickly as you go a bit of bit off-line it’s quite a bit much less grip. However it’s the identical for everybody.”

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