The Complete Guide to the 2022 Miami Grand Prix
Formula One to Host Miami Grand Prix
F1 announced that the Miami Grand Prix will be held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens with a 10-year deal set to begin in 2022. The exact date of the race is yet to be decided, but F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali said he expects the first of the ten guaranteed races to be held sometime in the second quarter of 2022 (April-June).
Miami will be the 11th venue in the United States to host a Grand Prix since the championship began in 1950 and will be the first time since 1959 in Sebring that F1 has come to the Sunshine State. The other past U.S. locations include Indianapolis, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, which is still on the F1 schedule.
The track will run 3.36 miles around the Hard Rock Stadium with 19 corners and three straights, and opportunities for DRS (drag-reduction system). In addition, the circuit designers hoped to create an environment for competitive racing — meaning that overtaking will be abundant, ensuring a Sunday spectacle for fans.
Community Benefits According to event organizers, the race will bring 4,000 jobs, 35,000 local hotel bookings and an estimated $400 million positive economic impact to South Florida. In addition to the natural economic footprint that F1 brings, in its wake, F1 has pledged $5 million in community benefit programs to the City of Miami Gardens, along with paid internships for college and high school students. Moreover, F1 has promised that minority-owned restaurants will provide food during the event weekend. Also, racing will be held after school hours so that any school bus drivers don’t get confused and end up racing the fastest cars in the world.
No country has had as many F1 host venues as the USA.
The country held its first world championship round at Indianapolis in 1950, albeit under Indy 500 regulations, not F1.
F1 has since visited Sebring (also in Florida), Riverside in California, Watkins Glen in upstate New York, Long Beach in California, Las Vegas in Nevada, Detroit in Michigan, Dallas in Texas, Phoenix in Arizona, Indianapolis again (on a road circuit), and finally Austin in Texas.
But even with so much history, Miami is set to be one of a kind – a fresh and exciting new event with a dynamic all of its own.
We can’t wait!
Aerodynamics/ Aero-package – How the air flows around the car/object.
Apex – The point at which the racing line and corner meet; theoretically, “making the apex” leads to the fastest route around a corner.
Aquaplaning – Under wet enough conditions, the wheels cannot get enough grip on the pavement, causing the car to slide across the surface.
Ballast – Small metal plates are aligned within the vehicle to both properly balance it for the particular track and to bring it up to the minimum weight requirement of 605kg.
Bargeboard – Bodywork just behind the front wheels designed to smooth the flow of air being disrupted by the tire.
Blistering – When parts of a tire soften and break away, causing impaired handling.
Bottoming – When the bottom of the car scrapes against the track, causing a shower of sparks.
Brake Balance – the distribution of braking power between the front and rear. This can be altered by the driver at any point and is often altered multiple times during a lap at some circuits.
Brake Locking – When the tires stop rotating under heavy braking, causing a flat spot on the tire.
Camber – The angle of the tires in relation to the track.
Chassis – The main bodywork of the car.
Chicane – Sharp corners in quick succession that alternate directions.
Clear Air – When a driver has nobody in front of them, no car is disturbing the airflow in front of them, allowing their car’s aerodynamics to operate under ideal conditions.
Cockpit – Where the driver sits.
Compound – The formula used to create the tire.
Differential/ “Diff” – The device connected to the rear wheels that allows them to spin at different rates during cornering, which improves handling.
Diffuser – Bodywork on the back of the car designed to funnel air quickly out of the back, which generates downforce.
Dirty Air – The air behind a car; the disturbed air negatively affects the aerodynamics of the car behind.
Downforce – The aerodynamic force pushing the car into the ground, giving the car better traction and handling.
Drive-through penalty – A penalty that can be handed down to a driver by the stewards during a race. The driver must drive through the pit lane (where there is a speed limit) without stopping.
ECU – Electronic Control Unit, or the nervous system of the engine that tells it what to do.
Flat Spot – When the driver locks their brakes, the rotation of the tires stops, causing rubber to wear down on one spot. This will vibrate the car, impairing performance.
Formation Lap – Drivers complete one full lap from their starting grid position immediately before the race starts.
Graining – Tiny pieces of rubber break off the tires during use and stick onto other parts of the tire, creating an uneven surface and reducing grip.
Gurney Flap – Mounted perpendicularly to the wing, this tiny piece of bodywork helps impart downforce.
Green – When the track doesn’t have a lot of rubber on it, which gives the cars less grip and produces slower lap times.
HANS – Head and Neck Support System; a black collar that attaches to the driver’s helmet and reduces head movement during a crash.
Installation Lap – The first lap at a circuit, to test basic car functions like brakes and steer. In-Lap – A lap in which a driver goes into the pits.
KERS – Kinetic Energy Recovery System; it recovers energy during heavy braking and deceleration and allows the driver to tap into that energy as a power boost.
Loose – When the car lacks grip, especially on the rear tires.
Lollipop – The long stick the pit crew holds in front of the driver during pit stops that signals when he is clear to leave his pit box.
Marshal – A track official, typically a volunteer.
Marbles – Pieces of rubber that come off the tires over the course of a session, making the track conditions worse off the racing line.
Monocoque – The carbon fibre safety shell that cradles the driver.
Out-Lap – A lap in which the driver exits the pit lane.
Oversteer – When the car steers more than the driver wanted; the rear wheels begin to overtake the front as they lose grip.
Paddock – The private area behind the pits where the teams keep their motorhomes.
Drag – The amount of force imparted by the air as the car moves.
Parc Ferme – A restricted area where cars are kept after qualifying and the race. No work can be done to the cars, and no team members are allowed access unless supervised.
Pit Board – A board used to give the driver basic information.
Pit Wall – Where the team engineers are receiving information and passing it to the driver.
Pits – The area of the circuit where the garages are.
Plank – A piece of composite material affixed to the bottom of the cars to make sure they aren’t riding too low by assessing the wear on it.
Pole Position – The driver who earns first position on the grid by going fastest in qualifying. Originating from horse racing, where the number one horse would start on the inside of the track, next to the pole.
Qualifying – A series of three knock-out sessions where drivers try to set the fastest lap to determine grid position.
Retirement – When a car can’t finish a session due to a mechanical failure or a crash.
Ride-Height – How far above the ground the car is. Often spoken of during conversations about fuel usage and tire wear.
Rubbered In – When rubber has been imparted into the track, giving the cars more grip, allowing them to set quicker lap times. A green track can become rubbered in overtime.
Safety Car – A course vehicle whose job it is to keep the pack at a slower pace after a crash or other dangerous conditions.
Scrutineering – Checks made on the cars and driver equipment to make sure they are to regulation and safe.
Sectors – The three sections the course is split into for timing purposes.
Sidepod – The side of the chassis.
Steward – One of three officials appointed to make race decisions.
Stop-Go Penalty – When a driver must enter the pit lane and stop in their box for 10 seconds, no work can be done to the car during that time.
Set-up – How the teams have decided to adjust the different settings on their car for the grand Prix.
Slipstream – The track behind a car where the air pressure and drag is reduced, allowing the trailing car to go faster.
Telemetry – The system that monitors the car and its parts and sends data to the engineers.
Tethers – A system designed to keep the tires attached to the car in case of a crash.
What’s The Difference
For Those People Who believe a Fast Car is a Fast Car is a Fast Car,
Where are the key Differences between popular super fast-machines and auto races.
A lot has changed since the sport’s inception all those years ago. The rules and regulations are an ever-changing document designed to inspire fair, safe and exciting races at the highest level possible. For a relatively intuitive sport, whoever goes the fastest wins; it can get a bit confusing. So, here are all of the rules, regulations, words, and everything else you need to get up to speed with the fastest cars on the planet.
Now, we aren’t going to go over all of the regulations that govern Formula 1, obviously. But, there are some basics that everyone who tunes in to a Grand Prix weekend should know.
- A Grand Prix weekend is split into three days; Friday, which includes two practice sessions where the teams determine the best way to configure their car. Saturday has a practice session and a qualifying session. It’s all about Sunday, though, because that’s when the race is.
- Qualifying is split into three sessions. The first two sessions eliminate the five slowest drivers after the allotted time is over. So, the third session only includes the ten fastest drivers.
- The starting position is determined by the fastest lap the driver completes in qualifying.
- To signal the start of the race, five columns of red lights are lit up at one second intervals, and once all the lights are lit up, they are extinguished without warning, signaling that the drivers are free to race.
- All races, except for the Monaco Grand Prix, must be the smallest number of laps that exceed 305 kilometers.
- A panel of stewards watch all F1 races and hand out penalties for breaking the rules like speeding in the pit lane or corner-cutting.
- There are several flags that marshals will wave throughout a race that mean different things. The most common flags are yellow, red, green, and blue which signal caution, session stop, normal conditions, and for a slower car to let a faster car pass, respectively.
- At the end of the race, points are awarded to the top ten finishers. First place receives 25 points, second, 18, third, 15, fourth, 12, fifth, 10, sixth, 8, seventh, 6, eighth, 4, ninth 2, and, finally, tenth place receives 1 point.
- The points mentioned above are added to the driver’s World Drivers’ Championship tally and the team’s Constructors Championship tally. A driver can switch teams mid-season and retain their points from the previous team in the World Drivers’ Championship, but their points remain with the previous team in the Constructors Championship.
Although the Miami Grand Prix hasn’t been officially scheduled, you can expect it to take place some time during April-June of 2022. There are several different packages and ticket options available for Grand Prix weekends, but not until they actually set the schedule for 2022. In the meantime, you can sign up for notifications for when tickets go on sale at this link: https://tickets.formula1.com/en/f1-54987-miami.
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