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2022 Miami Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Everyone kept saying this is a long season. And already we are seeing a shift from Ferrari/Leclerc to Red Bull/Verstappen. Nineteen points seems puny now. It is indeed a long season.

EVENT: The most "memorable" part of the weekend was the complete social media meltdown over Martin Brundle's grid walk. But this event was always about the rich and famous. Not the average racing fans.

TRACK: Jeddah. Miami. This is the new age of street circuits which are in reality purpose built race tracks masquerading as a street circuit. Though that tight, narrow combination is the worst aspect of real street circuits.

QUALIFYING: Leclerc is surprised by his own pole position, Bottas is loving the scenery behind him, Mercedes losses their Friday speed, and Schumacher impresses over Magnussen.

RACE: The safety car helped spruce up the race to give us multiple mighty battles throughout the field. But even before that, the attack Verstappen put on Leclerc for the lead was memorable.

START: Verstappen spanks Sainz, Hamilton drops and Alonso rockets through the field due to both of them touching, and shockingly the whole field gets through clean.

VERSTAPPEN: To get only five laps in on Friday to learn a brand new track and then still be able to nearly grab pole if not for a mistake and dominate the race shows just how good Max is.

LECLERC: Charles is going to be begging his team for more speed.

SAINZ: Carlos completed more than one lap!

PEREZ: Held back by an underperforming engine.

FERRARI: Interesting season long strategy to save their upgrades till later in the year when others will be slowing their development as they reach their budget cap.

RUSSELL: Five for top fives now for George.

HAMILTON: Before everyone gets bent out of shape that Lewis was once again beaten by his teammate, keep in mind once again Hamilton was caught out by the timing of the safety car and Russell had better tires.

MERCEDES: This is just strange. Their outright lap times on Friday were better than Saturday when the track was much more rubbered in. A massive company wide head scratcher.

BOTTAS: Continues to get his giggles in as he outqualifies the Mercedes team. And almost beat them in the race until he goofed up.

ALBON: The brighter his red hair, the more points Alex collects. That correlation makes perfect sense to us...

NORRIS: Probably should have moved over a bit more to the left. But...

GASLY: ...if your car is damaged and it's quite obvious you can't continue, don't stay out for another lap. Sorry, Pierre, this one is on you.

SCHUMACHER: Mick, Mick, Mick. Crashing out the driver who has taken you under his wing to mentor you with a terrible move is the definition of awkward.

VETTEL: We want to be a fly on the wall when Sebastian talks to Mick.

DRIVERS: We don't get it, other than being obstinate for obstinance sake. After watching Romain Grosjean nearly get turned into a crispy critter two years ago, don't the drivers realize the dangers of fire and what happens if they have metal or non fire proof underwear? Seriously!

FIA: Having said that, we thought the FIA was all about safety. But instead they ignore the drivers' pleas to put a Tecpro barrier up after not one but two cars smack the cement wall in the same spot with great ferocity.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Celebrities.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 100 -- The percent of races Max Verstappen has won this year when he finishes.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Sebring, of course, was the first Florida location to host the USGP, the very first one in 1959. It then went to Riverside in 1960. It was supposed to return to Sebring for 1961. However, money problems caused a very late decision to award the USGP to Watkins Glen, who said they were capable of hosting. The USGP stayed at The Glen for 20 years.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: Any tweet going apoplectic over Martin Brundle's grid walk.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Any question Martin Brundle asked during the grid walk.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Most likely said by many of the attending celebrities, "There is a race going on here?"

SCHEDULE: Back to some tradition. Barcelona and then Monaco.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 57
2. Leclerc 57
3. Sainz 57
4. Perez 57
5. Russell 57
6. Hamilton 57
7. Bottas 57
8. Ocon 57
9. Albon 57
10. Stroll 57
11. Alonso 57
12. Tsunoda 57
13. Ricciardo 57
14. Latifi 57
15. Schumacher 57
16. Magnussen 56
17. Vettel 54
NC Gasly 45
NC Norris 39
NC Zhou(R) 6

Time of Race
1:34:24.258

Margin of Victory
3.786 secs.

Safety Car
1 for 5 laps

Virtual Safety Car
1 for 1 lap

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz

Fastest Race Lap
Max Verstappen

Pole Position
Charles Leclerc

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Leclerc 104
2. Verstappen 85
3. Perez 66
4. Russell 59
5. Sainz 53
6. Hamilton 36
7. Norris 35
8. Bottas 30
9. Ocon 24
10. Magnussen 15
11. Ricciardo 11
12. Tsunoda 10
13. Gasly 6
14. Vettel 4
15. Albon 3
16. Alonso 2
  Stroll 2
18. Zhou(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. Ferrari 157
2. Red Bull 151
3. Mercedes 95
4. McLaren 46
5. Alfa Romeo 31
6. Alpine 26
7. AlphaTauri 16
8. Haas 15
9. Aston Martin 6
10. Williams 3
 
 

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Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
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Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
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Monaco Canada France Austria
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Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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