2022 Formula 1 – Race 5: Miami Grand Prix
Venue: Miami International Autodrome, Miami, USA.
Race Date: 8th May 2022
The inaugural Miami Grand Prix is the fifth race of the 2022 F1 season and the season already looks to have the makings of a two horse race. Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have both won 2 of the opening 4 races this season and they are undoubtedly the men to beat this term. Racing at Miami looks set to provide the perfect backdrop this weekend, as Formula 1 pulls into another of the most incredible destinations in the world, to host what should be an unforgettable race.
In race give of the 2022 Formula One season, all of the biggest names on the grid will be battling for supremacy here in Miami:
Defending F1 world champion Max Verstappen picked up a superb win in difficult conditions at Imola last time out, as if to remind the world what he is capable of. Question marks are still surrounding the Red Bull car this season, but he is one of the elite performers on the grid and he should be the man to catch in new surrounds here in Miami.
Championship leader Charles Leclerc has been in sublime form so far this season, but he hasn’t been able to put any distance between himself and Max Verstappen. A costly spin at Imola last weekend starved him of the race win points and he will need to brush himself off in the American sunshine here.
Pace could be the key here in Miami and Ferrari have an incredibly quick car, which has been well-documented this term. Carlos Sainz looks to be the forgotten man on the grid this season, with plenty of attention on Charles Leclerc but he has a vehicle capable of taking him places. The Spaniard is riding the crest of a wave currently and he looks very good value to sneak under the radar in this race.
Top Six Finish
Race 5 here in Miami presents an opportunity for every driver to keep putting points on the board, in what is a long season ahead:
Few drivers on the grid are able to demonstrate the consistency shown by Sergio Perez in recent seasons and he and Red Bull have gone under the radar so far this season, He is undoubtedly the number two driver for his team, but he has speed to burn, which is sure to be an asset in Miami this weekend and the Mexican is sure to be well backed by the fans in Florida.
Establishing himself as a driver for the future has been the priority for George Russell so far this season and he has been able to pick up plenty of early points. Despite not having a car to compete at the top of the grid in recent seasons, Russell has proven he has the driving credentials to mix it with the big boys. He is yet to finish outside of the top 5 in any of his four races for Mercedes and another top 6 showing here would do him the world of good.
Fresh off the back of a podium finish at Imola last time out, Lando Norris should be full of confidence as he arrives in Miami. McLaren and Norris appear to be a partnership heading in the right direction and he is very much at the forefront of their plans moving forward. There are plenty of other sides on the grid that are in theory better placed this season, but Lando Norris is always a good shout to finish in the top 6 of any race he starts.
2022 betxchange.com F1 Miami Grand Prix Best Bets:
Race Winner: Charles Leclerc – 15/10
Top Six Finish: Lando Norris – 7/10