Miami GP Preview – Mercedes “found several directions for improving the car”

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Mercedes released the 2022 Miami Grand Prix preview featuring comments from team boss Toto Wolff. You can read the full preview below!

“It was a very difficult weekend for us in Imola,” Wolff said.

“George did a great job to finish P4 from an unpromising starting position but with Lewis, we didn’t give him the tools or track position to show his true pace.

“Since we returned from Italy, we’ve learned as much from the weekend as we can and, in parallel, our learning has continued in the wind tunnel and simulations. We have found several directions for improving the car, and we will be conducting experiments in Miami to correlate those simulations, and hopefully confirm the development path for the coming races.

“Both drivers have been working in the simulator ahead of Miami and the factories have been busy producing updates for the next races. The saying ‘smooth seas do not make good sailors’ comes to mind. This team has shown its resilience over many years and the difficult start to this season has lit a fire within every team member, determined to put it right.

“Miami is an exciting new challenge and a complete step into the unknown. The track looks demanding, with a real mix of low and high-speed corners, and it’s set to be a spectacular showcase for the sport to our growing US fanbase.

“So, we’re set for a fantastic event, and we can’t wait to see how it all plays out,” concluded the Austrian.

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Fact File: Miami Grand Prix

  • The Miami International Autodrome is a 5.412 km temporary circuit located in and around the Hard Rock Stadium complex – home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
  • The Miami Grand Prix is one of two races in the USA this season, alongside the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. It is the 11th track to host a Formula One race in the USA.
  • The track is very narrow in some places compared to standard, permanent racetracks, particularly around the third sector. This will create a higher chance of Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car deployment as a result, due to it being more difficult to remove cars or debris.
  • We’re expecting 56% of the lap time (and 71% of the lap distance) to be taken at full throttle, on the lower end of the scale when it comes to the percentage figures for 2022’s F1 tracks.
  • Top speeds at the track are anticipated to reach a maximum of 324 km/h, while drivers are expected to change gear 40 times during the course of a lap.

Source: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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