Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team driver Lance Stroll fought from the pitlane to the points by finishing 10th at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, while late contact forced team-mate Sebastian Vettel to retire.
We showed some reasonable pace today.
"Overall a frustrating afternoon. It was a shame to start from the pit lane but once the race was underway we showed some reasonable pace today. It was quite difficult to overtake off-line, but we made good decisions and put ourselves in a position to finish inside the top 10 by pitting under the Safety Car. I think more points could have been on the table, but a bad restart and contact with Kevin [Magnussen] prevented that."
It is a shame for this weekend to end in the way that it did.
"It is a shame for this weekend to end in the way that it did and we should have done better. We had a fuel temperature issue before the race which meant that we started from the pit lane. For the majority of the race I was stuck in traffic, it was quite difficult to overtake, and the DRS was not that effective. When the Safety Car was deployed, we moved into the top 10, but Mick [Schumacher] and I had contact, which cost both of us points."
Today was a frustrating day.
"Today was a frustrating day. First, we had a fuel temperature issue that delayed the release of our cars from the garage, resulting in both our drivers starting the race from the pit lane. They made good progress on Hard tyres early on, and we were able to bring them in for Mediums during the Safety Car deployment triggered by [Lando] Norris’s lap-41 shunt. Sebastian was then running in 11 th place on new Mediums, just behind [Esteban] Ocon on older Softs and [Mick] Schumacher on older Hards. On his fresh Mediums, Sebastian duly leveraged that tyre advantage to displace them both, and was then lying in ninth place, looking good for some valuable world championship points. Sadly, it all ended for Seb through no fault of his own, as a result of a coming-together with an over-ambitious Schumacher. Equally, in the closing stages, Lance fell foul of [Kevin] Magnussen, who earned a penalty for causing a collision. In summary, the 2022 Miami Grand Prix was a disappointing race for us, but it is a great addition to the Formula One calendar and we hope that the spectators here all had an enjoyable day."
Your guide to Miami
Insight and Speed
A multi-stop race is possible in Miami, despite it being a street circuit. Early estimates suggest a shorter than average pitlane time loss, meaning additional stops won't be punished as harshly as they are at the likes of Imola and Singapore.
Understanding tyres is crucial on new tracks, making practice running essential. Tropical weather – temperatures in the low-30s, high humidity and the ever-present threat of rain – is a factor, though the C2, C3 and C4 range that was used in Jeddah provides a handy reference.
There has been a Safety Car at three of the last six races that were new or returned to F1 since 2020 (Imola, Portimão, Mugello, Qatar, Istanbul, and Jeddah). There's also been a Safety Car in every race so far in 2022.
Unlocking the Lap
There's only so much you can learn in the simulator, meaning the first track walk and practice sessions will be crucial to understanding the Miami International Autodrome.
Even still, it's clear where the challenge will lie. While top speeds are expected to hit 320km/h – it's the low-to-medium-speed corners that appear crucial, especially between Turns 13-16.
It begins with the track heading over an exit ramp under flyovers, featuring some uneven ground which could catch drivers out as the grip levels change.
Once clear, Turns 14 and 15 form a chicane with an uphill approach, a mid-corner crest, and an elevation drop on exit, creating a sharp series of corners that will test both driver bravery and car set-up.
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