Miami Grand Prix F1 updates: How to watch, odds, celebrity sightings and what to know about track conditions

The Formula One schedule turns to Miami for the first time this weekend, as the Miami Grand Prix makes its debut as one of two races in the United States in 2022.

Ferarri will start 1-2 on the grid on Sunday after Charles Leclerc took P1 in Saturday’s qualifying ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz. Max Verstappen will start third.

Follow news and updates from qualifying here as The Athletic provides live coverage from the track.

How to watch
Where: Miami International Autodrome

When: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: ABC/ESPN Deportes

Stream: Watch ESPN

(Photo: Mark Thompson / Getty Images)

Just some average guys hanging out
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Drivers getting ready for lights out
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Celebrities stealing the show
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Leclerc favored by BetMGM at -115
Charles Leclerc is the race favorite on BetMGM at -115 after taking pole position. Max Verstappen, starting in third position, is +150. Verstappen was the favorite heading into the weekend.

Ferrari’s front row lockout with Carlos Sainz Jr. qualifying second shifted the odds in the constructors’ championship as well. Ferrari and Red Bull had matching odds earlier in the week. Now Ferrari is -125 with Red Bull listed at +110.

Dan Santaromita
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Associate Editor, Sports Betting

Serena has arrived
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Staff Writer, Motorsports

Sunday’s start could impact bigger picture

Sunday’s start could impact bigger picture
It’s never too early to think about the championship, even if the Miami Grand Prix is just the fifth race of the season. It’s why the start of Sunday’s race could be one of those moments we look back on as having an impact on the title picture.

There are two points to consider: First, with Charles Leclerc on the pole and Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. alongside him on the front row, does Ferrari ask Sainz to protect Leclerc from championship rival Max Verstappen, who starts third? Sainz holding off Verstappen would allow Leclerc to get away and build an advantage.

“The consideration is that we are teammates and that we want to score a one-two for the team independently of who is ahead or behind,” Sainz said. “It’s the same considerations that I take or that I’ve taken last year or this year because I feel like it’s obviously still early in the season, we’re in the fifth race, there’s 19 left but you always treat your teammate with a bit more respect, like I’ve done in the past to all my teammates and this will still be there tomorrow like it was there last year but the will of winning is still there and the chance of winning is there and if there is a chance I will go, taking into account that this is my teammate of course.”

Secondly, how aggressive is Verstappen at the start in trying to separate the Ferrari teammates? Verstappen getting between them right away only makes it easier for himself, but the defending champion also must be mindful of doing anything that puts him at risk.

“Well, naturally there are two cars in front of you at the moment,” he said Saturday. “So, it will make it in general a bit more difficult even, let’s say, if you have more pace, but you know, it’s a new track. So, we don’t really have a lot of information. It’s going to be super warm tomorrow. So you also don’t know what’s going to happen with the tires entirely. Because I think, all of us, we don’t really have a proper long run. So, there’s still a lot of question marks. But of course, I would have preferred to start a little bit ahead.”

(Photo of Charles Leclerc: John David Mercer / USA Today)

Jordan Bianchi
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Staff Writer, Motorsports

David Beckham mingles with Red Bull Racing

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Add director Michael Bay to the celebrities in attendance

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A little rain in Miami

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Christian Horner on Red Bull’s reliability issues, Sergio Pérez’s contract, Mercedes struggles, more

Christian Horner on Red Bull’s reliability issues, Sergio Pérez’s contract, Mercedes struggles, more
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The bowl of pesto rigatoni was just begging to be eaten, but Christian Horner was a busy man Thursday.

Well, let’s not kid ourselves: Horner is always busy. But on this inaugural Miami Grand Prix weekend, Horner said his schedule is fuller than it’s ever been.

If only his stomach was. The problem with being in demand is it doesn’t leave much time for anything extra, including lunch.

“There’s only one of me, and I can’t be in three places at one time,” the Red Bull Racing team principal said.

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