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Will Ferrari Woo F1’s Adrian?

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Miami Yet Another Test for Daniel

And the undoubted engineering genius behind the success of the remarkable F1 machinery that has piloted Max Verstappen to near miraculous heights in recent times.

Long time between drinks!

And, according to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Ferrari are willing to pay Adrian Newey £100 million across four years to work as their “super consultant”.

At current rates, that’s just shy of 200 million Aussie dollars!

Genius behind Red Bull’s dominance

Make no mistake, Adrian is a legendary F1 designer and has been the standalone brilliant mind behind Red Bull for the past 15 years.

Adrian’s innovative blown diffuser was revolutionary, allowing Sebastian Vettel to run away with four titles in the past.

And in the ground effect era, Max Verstappen has dominated, thanks to Adrian’s genius.

He is worth every cent anyone is prepared to pay for his services.

Informal Communications

Evidently the 65-year- old Adrian Martin Newey has “informally communicated” to his RB colleagues his wish to quit his remarkable tenure.

Red Bull has publicly dismissed such speculation, saying: “Adrian is contracted until at least the end of 2025 and we are unaware of him joining any other team.”

Aston Martin a Contender

But don’t dismiss the role behind the scenes of Aston Martin, backed by Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco. Like Red Bull, AB is based in the UK.

Such a marriage would allow Adrian to continue his relationship with Honda, which have also expressed interest in signing Max in the future.


Daniel faces 3-place grid penalty

Are you aware Daniel Ricciardo was handed a three-place grid drop for overtaking under the Safety Car during the F1 Chinese Grand Prix? The RB driver was found to have overtaken Nico Hulkenberg’s Haas during a Safety Car period in Shanghai. Daniel was forced to retire due to damage sustained to his car when he was run into from behind by Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, meaning he was unable to serve the usual 10-second time penalty. As a result, the penalty is carried over to the Miami Grand Prix and converted into a three-place grid penalty for the sprint race. The luckless Aussie, yet to score a point this season, also picked up two penalty points on his licence for the incident.


Encouragement from Helmut

Given a new chassis in Shanghai, he enjoyed a better weekend. Until, running inside the points in ninth place, Lance Stroll rammed him from behind before a Safety Car restart.

The car was damaged beyond repair in the incident and Daniel subsequently retired from the race.

Feeling “no additional pressure”

Despite his recent run of bad luck, the eight-time grand prix winner insists he is feeling no additional pressure.


Miami Grand Prix

Miami International Autodrome

P1 Saturday 4th -May

00:30 Sprint Shootout Saturday 4th May

04:30 Sprint Sunday 5th May

00:00 Qualifying Sunday 5th May

04:00 Race Monday 6th May

Home of the Miami Dolphins

The temporary street circuit flows around the Hard Rock Stadium, a multipurpose venue which is home to the Miami Dolphins. The F1 team areas are actually located within the facility, creating a truly extraordinary atmosphere for a Grand Prix weekend.

The 5.412 km-long track, which the drivers will tackle 57 times on Sunday, features 19 corners, three straights, three DRS zones and top speeds can exceed 340 km/h.

There are also some elevation changes, the main one being between turns 13 and 16, with the track rising and falling as it goes over an exit ramp and under various overpasses.

There’s an uphill approach to the chicane at turns 14 and 15, with a crest in the middle before the track drops away on the exit.

The three sectors are each different in character, making for a lap that has a bit of everything. The first part boasts a run of eight high speed corners, while the second sector has a long straight and a few low speed turns. The final run to the finish line consists of a straight and three flowing corners.

Significant track evolution and graining

The track was resurfaced before last year’s race and is very smooth, and therefore offers quite low grip, a feature compounded by the fact it is not used for any other motorsport events.

This leads to a very significant track evolution and graining could eventuate, put in an appearance particularly with the Medium and Soft tyres.

Miami, Florida, USA

The wind is a sea breeze with gusts of up to 50 km/h.

In terms of strategy, the Miami Grand Prix is a classic one-stop race, with Hard and Medium compounds the outright favourites.

Last year, Max Verstappen started from ninth on the grid on Hard tyres before switching to Mediums, while the other two drivers who made it to the podium, Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso, went the other way – Medium then Hard.

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