F1 Miami Grand Prix – LIVE!

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    Charles Leclerc is out to reassert his authority in the Formula One 2022 world title race with victory in F1’s inaugural race around Miami today.

    Saturday qualifying saw the championship leader stick his Ferrari on pole position with a fantastic lap, almost matched by teammate Carlos Sainz to clock a 1-2 for the Scuderia.

    In third was Max Verstappen, victorious a fortnight ago in Emilia Romagna where Leclerc spun out late on but with an error of his own as he began his final qualifying lap yesterday.

    F1 has served up four memorable races so far, with Red Bull’s unreliability hitting defending champ Verstappen with two retirements already.

    But his woes have been nothing compared to that of Lewis Hamilton, who starts a more reasonable sixth in Miami after a dismal weekend at Imola.

    Today’s race gets underway at 8.30pm BST and is live on Sky Sports.

    Join Marc Mayo and Matt Majendie for all the latest updates from Miami with Standard Sport’s live blog…

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    The cars are off to the grid!

    A first chance for these drivers to get behind the wheel and check out the conditions after that short rain shower earlier.

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    Celeb watch!

    Bad Bunny! *Googles Bad Bunny* … The rapper known for songs such as ‘I Like It’ and ‘Dakiti’, Bad Bunny!

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    Charles Leclerc is expecting a tight title battle with the Red Bulls despite Ferrari putting up a 1-2 in qualifying.

    “They are extremely quick in the straight line; we are quick in the corners and it will be a tight challenge tomorrow,” he said.

    “If they are close to us then it’s going to be very difficult, but we’ve got this advantage in the corners, which hopefully they’ll be too far [away] to then have enough of an opportunity to overtake us in the straights.”

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    Some proper bling/swazz/glamour (delete as appropriate) on display in the driver parade

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    Can Bottas upset the title chargers in front?

    From P5, Red Bull may be having flashbacks of the flying Finn launching towards their rear ends off the start line…

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    Celeb watch!

    Ashton Kutcher, everybody.

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    Miami Grand Prix managing partner Tom Garfinkel has admitted that the circuit will make changes to the oft-criticsed chicane, while explaining the reason for the slowest part of the track being implemented.

    He told Motorsport: “We’re changing whatever we need to, to make the track better. I think the challenge with the chicane and that I don’t know that we communicated well enough why it exists and where it exists.

    “It was a bit of a necessary evil, if you will, to get the track big enough to create the rest of the race track to be great. That’s an area where it’s a tricky part, because we have to really slow people down because we didn’t have enough run off space.”

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