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How imperfect Miami offered F1's drivers a unique challenge

OPINION: Despite all of the stylistic embellishments festooning Formula 1's inaugural Miami Grand Prix, the Miami International Autodrome offered the drivers a unique challenge and punished driver errors; a stark contrast to the usual cast of modern-day circuits

For the next 800 words or so, it is immaterial to me that the Miami Grand Prix was a blockbuster event set in a glamorous location that attracted a host of famous faces and was designed to be photogenic. The 3.36-mile configuration could just as well have been plonked in an anonymous Lincolnshire field, Formula 1 having struggled to sell a single ticket, and I would still be about to defend the circuit’s credentials.

The cars looked superb lapping by themselves during practice and then in qualifying. They were yawing through the high-speed sweeps and jolting over the kerbs in the difficult stop and extremely tight direction change of the Turn 14-15 chicane. At a brand-new venue where drivers had to quickly correlate their reference points from the simulator with real-world conditions, we saw a pleasing divergence in lines.

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