F1 Miami Grand Prix: Time, TV and Results

So now it is a two-horse race. Or a two-bull race. Whatever.

Sergio Pérez’s victory final weekend in Baku, Azerbaijan, was his second of the Formula 1 season, and it allowed him to match the victory whole of his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen. More essential? The consequence allowed Pérez to shut Verstappen’s lead within the drivers’ championship to a mere six factors because the collection arrived within the United States for Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix.

Since the one positive factor in Formula 1 in the mean time appears to be {that a} Red Bull will end first, every week now looms as a hinge second. Pérez begins Sunday with the benefit: He is on pole place, and is aware of a win will give him the lead within the factors race. Verstappen, absolutely seething after qualifying ninth, shall be trying to reassert himself. Driving offended appears to go well with the reigning world champion, however weaving by way of the sphere — which he did impressively in March in Saudi Arabia — is inherently harmful.

Buckle up.

Time: The Miami Grand Prix begins at 3:30 pm Eastern time. (Global begin instances are right here.)

TV: The race will air on ABC within the United States, which is — DVR alert — a change from its regular residence on ESPN. Coverage begins at 2 pm Eastern. Not in America? A full checklist of Formula 1 broadcasters, wherever you’re, will be discovered right here.

A Red Bull will begin first, however perhaps not the one you anticipated? Pérez was quickest in qualifying, and he shall be joined on the entrance row by the relentless (and apparently ageless) Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin.

Verstappen will begin ninth, however he is already gone from beginning fifteenth to ending second in a race this 12 months, so do not depend him out. Lewis Hamilton has fared even worse: He’s to begin thirteenth.

Red Bull vs. Red Bull. Red Bull’s group principal, Christian Horner, has executed nothing to maintain his two drivers, Pérez and Verstappen, from competing to see who will be the quickest every week. So far, that’s producing wins and little friction. “They know as a group how we function: They get the possibility, they get the chance to race one another,” Horner mentioned in an interview with ESPN this week. “But they need to respect the group on the identical time.” Today might supply the primary check of that hands-off administration: a sizzling day, a good monitor, a champion (Verstappen) on the hunt. For the second, Horner is targeted on gathering as many factors as potential, on extending the benefit earlier than different groups make enhancements. Two drivers who’re far forward of the sphere? “It’s a luxurious drawback to have,” he mentioned.

Predictability. Four races. Four Red Bull victories. Three 1-2 finishes. Is Formula 1 getting, um, boring? There was renewed dialogue this week about whether or not the dominance of Red Bull’s vehicles was spoiling the enjoyable for everybody else. George Russell of Mercedes, who declared on the season’s first race that Red Bull had “this championship sewn up,” urged that the one precise competitors nowadays was the battle for third place. Was he proper? “I’ll do my greatest to not make it boring, however on the finish it is a sport,” Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc mentioned. “It’s like in each sport. Sometimes a group is simply higher than others. And in the mean time it is the case with Red Bull.”

Rain? There are thunderstorms within the forecast for Sunday, and rain might play an enormous function on a monitor that was repaved forward of this 12 months’s race. Verstappen misplaced an excellent qualifying lap after a slip despatched him a tiny bit large in a flip, prompting a little bit of expletive-laden self-criticism. Leclerc went into the wall twice after pushing his Ferrari too laborious, prompting expletives from lots of people (together with Verstappen, because the purple flag that adopted Leclerc’s crash on Saturday prevented Verstappen from a last problem for pole place). Qualifying confirmed that drivers who stored to the racing line had been rewarded for it. Grip was far much less positive outdoors it. A moist monitor will not make that any higher.

  • “I wish to win, so this isn’t nice.” — Verstappen on qualifying ninth.

  • “This will not be acceptable.” — Leclerc, after crashing on the identical flip two days in a row.

  • “The automotive will not be quick sufficient, and we have not received any understanding why that’s.” — Mercedes group principal, Toto Wolff, saying the quiet half out loud.

Sergio Pérez gained final week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the fourth victory for Red Bull in 4 races and the third 1-2 end for Formula 1’s dominant group this season.

Red Bull’s solely race at this level is towards itself:

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