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Why the Miami GP is a central chapter of F1 2022's biggest storyline

OPINION: Formula 1’s most-anticipated new event for a decade is finally happening with the first Miami Grand Prix. But when predicting which of Ferrari or Red Bull might prevail in the latest title fight battle, assessing the changes made since a similar race at the start of 2022 provides the key clues

It’s finally here – Formula 1 is heading to Miami.

As you’re reading this, paddock personnel will be settling into the newly erected facilities at the Miami International Autodrome, built around the Hard Rock stadium in Miami Gardens. On Wednesday, Lewis Hamilton will play golf with NFL legend Tom Brady. Social media will still be mystifyingly confused/amused (delete as appropriate) by the track’s simulated marina and the encased boats within.

It would be a fair appraisal to state that this is the most eagerly-awaited new F1 race for 10 years – after Austin joined the party back in 2012. That’s no disrespect to the five other new tracks that appeared on the calendar in that time. Nor to the others that returned or stepped in with a new name (and in the case of Bahrain, used an alternative layout) to get in completed seasons during the difficulties posed by the pandemic.

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