Posted on May 5, 2022 Tags: Miami
WOMEN’S PREMIER LEVEL motor racing is back to the fore this weekend with the W Series featuring a double header on the card at Formula One’s debut at the Miami street circuit.
The 5.41-kilometre Miami International Autodrome is set in the Hard Rock Stadium Complex – in Miami Gardens, the home of the Miami Dolphins – with 19 corners, three straights, elevation changes and a chicane.
“As W Series continues its rapid rise, the driver talent and the quality of the racing rises with it.
“W Series produces fantastic entertainment on a global stage alongside Formula 1, showcasing the talent of women racing drivers at the top of their field, and I can’t wait to see how the 2022 season unfolds.”
DAVID COULTARD, 13-time F1 Grand Prix winner, W Series Advisory Board Chairman.
“The track is ready for anything this weekend, including the threat of an invasion by the feral iguanas who like to hang out around these parts. The first F1 race where marshals have been equipped with nets and taught how to wrangle them?”
Charles Bradley, Motorsport.com
With the 11th venue to host a grand prix in the USA being brand new to everyone, Pirelli has had to rely on simulation data to come up with the tyre nominations.
As a consequence the tyre mogul has chosen the three in the middle of the P Zero range: White hard C2, Yellow medium C3, and the Red soft C4 – the most commonly-used one all year, and also the most versatile.
Top speeds of 320kph – an average of 223kph – with drivers on full throttle for some 58% of the lap – weather permitting! Turns 11 and 17 are the two main overtaking opportunities, with three DRS zones.
According to Mario Isola, Pirelli’s F1 head honcho, this selection is the most suited to the 57-lap race, with smooth asphalt that offers reasonable grip and the forces at work on the tyres being about average for the season.
The brand new asphalt is likely to lead to a high degree of track evolution, especially at the start of the weekend, with the Porsche Challenge and W Series as support events.
The humidity will be a factor for drivers, with a high risk of rain and wind on the Florida coast this time of year.
“There’s been a huge buzz of excitement around the first Miami Grand Prix, where the track has some similarities to Jeddah, although there are some parts that are slower and more technical than Saudi Arabia: especially the section from Turns 11 to 16.
“The rest is a very quick layout, running anti-clockwise, which puts the emphasis on the tyres on the right hand side of the car.
“We’re expecting the usual rapid track evolution and a smooth surface with the new asphalt, but the track has been jet-washed at high pressure, which means that it should offer quite good grip from the beginning.
“Because it’s a fast track the cars are likely to run a low to medium downforce set-up, which could lead to a bit of sliding in the high-speed corners on the hard compounds in particular.
“For any new track our choice tends to be on the conservative side, so it will be interesting to confront the simulations with real data.” MARIO ISOLA
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