MAX VERSTAPPEN and Charles Leclerc are once more anticipated to go face to face within the first ever Miami Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen makes delicate dig at Lewis Hamilton
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Max Verstappen has mentioned his expectations for what guarantees to be an thrilling Miami Grand Prix. The American metropolis is making its debut on the F1 calendar, with the Dutchman and Charles Leclerc anticipated to play starring roles after their scintillating begins to the 2022 season.
Verstappen, Leclerc and the remainder of the F1 grid have had two weeks to ponder what was a breathless race weekend in Emilia-Romagna. The Pink Bull man ultimately gained the Grand Prix, and Leclerc spun out to come back house in P6 which allowed his new rival to make up some floor within the championship.
The day off has given Leclerc a possibility to plot revenge, whereas Verstappen nonetheless appears to be driving a optimistic wave after his second race win of the season. The glitz and glamour of Miami has sparked pleasure from all concerned, and the Dutchman isn’t any exception.
“I believe this weekend goes to be fairly loopy,” he mentioned. “I’m trying ahead to racing in Miami. I’ve pushed the observe on the simulator and we’ve practiced and ready as a lot as we are able to with out visiting the observe in actual life.
Max Verstappen has hinted at fireworks in Miami as he and Leclerc put together for one more battle (Picture: GETTY)
“I like racing in Austin so it’s enjoyable that we get to go to a different state and race this yr. It’s thrilling to see Components One getting a lot larger within the US, F1 and the groups are working arduous to advertise the game within the US and we’re having increasingly races right here, so step-by-step we’re making it extra common.
“I additionally suppose it helps now the vehicles are discovering it simpler to observe and overtake one another and extra groups are competing for wins, I believe that’s an important factor for the followers. I hope that it’s going to be an thrilling weekend, Miami is a very nice metropolis and I believe it’s a extremely fascinating location to carry a Grand Prix, I believe not solely the drivers are excited, however the followers too.”
Leclerc will likely be wanting to battle again at an ‘excited’ Verstappen after pushing too arduous and spinning out at Imola, which was one among his first hiccups this season after what had been a near-flawless begin to 2022. Ferrari’s efficiency has been quick and constant, whereas the Monegasque has additionally been capable of capitalise on the arduous luck of his team-mate, Carlos Sainz, who has not seen the chequered flag in both of his final two Grand Prix.
With the mud nonetheless settling at Imola, Leclerc was regretful for the truth that getting ‘grasping’ induced him to overlook out on valuable factors, which may show essential come the tip of the yr. The Ferrari star nonetheless holds a 27-point lead over Verstappen, however the reigning world champion has already proven that he has the tempo to combine it with anybody this season.
Charles Leclerc holds a wholesome championship lead after the primary 4 races of the season (Picture: GETTY)
“I consider the spin should not have occurred as we speak,” Leclerc advised Sky Sports activities final trip, “P3 was the perfect I may do… we did not have the tempo for rather more and I used to be too grasping, and I paid the value for it and misplaced seven potential factors in comparison with my third place. It’s a disgrace. They’re seven factors which can be worthwhile on the finish of the championship for certain, and this should not occur once more.”
He then added on social media: “I gave all of it however went over the restrict on the finish. Sorry to the workforce and to all of the tifosi that helps us. As an alternative of a P3, it ended up in a P6. We’ll come again stronger.”