Relive the Miami Grand Prix and Max Verstappen’s win with these awesome moments and photos

The Miami Grand Prix came and went, but let us help you relive it.

After a week (and really, years) of incredible hype building up Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix, the event Sunday was largely a success with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen winning the inaugural race, ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, respectively.

The masses descended on the Miami International Autodrome — the official name of the venue surrounding Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens — and that included tons of celebrities and other top athletes, like Michael Jordan, Serena Williams and Tom Brady, among many, many others. It was the place to be Sunday, and the views were fantastic.

So if you missed the first-ever Miami GP or can’t believe it’s already over but still can’t get enough of it, relive the spectacular weekend with these awesome moments and photos.

F1 22 lets you live an F1 driver’s lifestyle, drive safety cars

F1 22 wants us to live the life of a superstar, on and off the track.

Way back when Codemasters first acquired the Formula One license in 2009, it used the following tagline for its debut multiplatform effort F1 2010: “Be the driver. Live the life.” And it fulfilled that brief as best it could, for the time. You took part in press conferences, attended meetings, generally watching the Formula One world in first person. But after the race was over and you were done fiddling with the menus, the lights went out. 

We’ve gone on all kinds of diversions with the series since then, delving into classic cars, R&D and team ownership. We’ve followed a quasi-cinematic story of a young driver making his way up through F2 and into the big leagues, in a series of playable vignettes sandwiched by cutscenes. But this year we’re going back to the original brief: F1 22 wants us to live the life of a superstar driver, on and off the track.

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As far as I’ve seen so far, that doesn’t involve posting problematic Instagram posts, walking through other drivers’ interviews while screaming or establishing vegan burger restaurant chains. Instead, F1 22 introduces several new components that give you some downtime, away from the adrenal overload of F1 racing. 

F1 Life is the most significant of these. It’s a new hub area, on first impression similar to NBA 2K’s Neighborhood, where players can customize their surroundings, hang out with other drivers, and show off their bling. And drivers at this level aren’t strapped for cash: when they do bling, they go big. Like, supercar big.

This brings us to the next major area of novelty for the series, the introduction of driveable road-legal vehicles. Inspired by the Pirelli Hot Lap events at real F1 race weekends, in which drivers take journalists and celebrities out for five of the more troubling minutes their gastrointestinal systems will ever experience, the new game brings in various handling-based challenges in vehicles such as the McLaren 720s, Mercedes AMG GT Black Edition, and Aston Martin Vantage. 

The latter two, of course, are the 2022 season’s official safety cars, and while that doesn’t mean you can drive the actual safety car in a race scenario, you can at least take the very same vehicles out onto the track and enjoy their handling for its own sake, away from lap deltas and porpoising. Although it wasn’t spelled out by developers at this stage, the implication is that these vehicles, like the furnishings around the scenes of F1 Life and the clothing your driver wears, will be bought using in-game currency, which in prior installments has been earned either through completing in-game objectives or paying for it with real-life cash. 

Speaking of porpoising, the latter aerodynamic phenomenon doesn’t feature in the new game. Like the teams themselves, developer Codemasters was blindsided by the new regulation cars tendency to bounce along the straights at high speed as the aero parts on their floors intermittently made contact with the ground. Perhaps the designers will have sorted out the problems before we even play the game on 1. July – either way, we won’t be bobbing along on our way to virtual victory. That’s good news for VR fans, who will be able to play F1 22 across all modes, including multiplayer with their headsets on. And their spew buckets close to hand. That’s thanks to Codemasters outsourcing the VR development to a third-party studio, Climax. 

We won’t see another cinematic journey like Braking Point this year, though. Creative director Lee Mather says the development time involved in turning around those stories means a two-year cycle. I doubt anyone will be taking to the streets in protest at the omission of such a mode this year, but it’s unusual to hear. FIFA’s The Journey and NBA 2K’s various MyCareer ‘joints’ as the kids call them both managed to bring new stories on an annual cadence, albeit with wildly different budgets and dev teams involved. Milestone just introduced an innovative playable documentary, Nine: Season 2009 with help from documentary maker Mark Neale. One suspects, now under EA’s stewardship and considerable budget, the F1 series could have rolled out a narrative mode if it really wanted to. 

Instead, the focus on the track is revamped handling behavior. In part that’s brought about by the dramatic 2022 regulation changes, which have introduced heavier, radically different-looking vehicles and shaken up the hierarchy of teams. You’ll feel that extra weight through the corners thanks to the force feedback in your wheel or the rumble in your controller, says Mather. Historically the F1 series has been outstanding at this, conveying incredible subtlety of feeling with just a couple of rumble motors, so it’s not simply hyperbole.

This preview also granted us hands-on access to a handful of tracks including the new Miami circuit however, so we didn’t have to take Mather’s word for it. Many laps deep into it, it’s clear that the characteristic subtlety of force feedback has been retained, and there are some noticeable differences in car behavior, particularly at race starts, where everyone moves off at a much slower rate and with low traction, producing great clouds of rubber smoke. Trackside kerbs are no longer as deadly, either, upsetting the ground downforce much less and, in our experience, hardly ever sending us into a spin as they used to in F1 2021

This doesn’t feel like a transformative step forward, though. Two longstanding bugbears remain, whatever the cars look like, and that’s disappointing to observe from a game that’s taking a year off doing the big grandstand story mode to focus on the driving. The first is that there’s something artificial about the way cars lose traction, and it’s not particularly enjoyable to manage. Whereas other racing sims give you a sense of where the car’s weight is and why you might be losing grip (ie your suspension has bottomed out on one side because you’ve thrown the chassis into a corner too aggressively), here there’s no such feedback. And on a pad especially, it’s very unforgiving to try and correct. The sensation’s especially noticeable on high-speed corners, of which the new Miami circuit has in great supply.

Secondly, AI is still very timid about passing you even if it has the pace advantage. This has been a problem for ages now, and it means you often end up with cars packed into a concertina behind you, ten of them separated by about 1.5 seconds, so when you pit in you lose an immersion-shattering number of positions and all sense of race strategy feels arbitrary. 

These impressions are, of course, generated by a work-in-progress build, and we hope our concerns are either rendered redundant, or sidelined by how pleased we are with the new additions. The off-track lifestyle components look genuinely exciting, and we’ve all been wanting to drive the safety cars for years – but F1 22 needs to secure the fundamentals if any of the rest is to hold value. 

Written by Phil Iwaniuk on behalf of GLHF.

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Martin Brundle thought Paolo Banchero was Patrick Mahomes in the most awkward F1 interview

The secondhand embarrassment is strong.

Stars across the sports world had turned out for Sunday’s Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, David Beckham, LeBron James — they were all in attendance. And while Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes did make the trip to Miami, he wasn’t around for Sky Sports reporter Martin Brundle’s gridwalk.

The problem: Brundle didn’t seem to know that.

Brundle thought he scored an interview with Mahomes about the Miami Grand Prix experience, and he realized about midway through the conversation that he wasn’t talking to Mahomes. Brundle, instead, was interviewing Duke basketball star and potential No. 1 NBA draft pick Paolo Banchero. It was so awkward.

The secondhand embarrassment was absolutely real from that interview. And Brundle walked off with a “whatever” as if he had just interviewed a random 6-foot-10 guy. Banchero could be an NBA star one day, but he is decidedly not Patrick Mahomes.

Fans couldn’t look away from the cringeworthy sequence.

Everything you need to know about F1’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix

What you want and need to know about this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix.

After years of anticipation with many Formula 1 fans hoping this weekend would eventually materialize, F1 is taking on Miami for the first time with Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

The race will be on a purpose-built circuit around Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, and, hopefully, it will live up to all the hype and produce captivating racing, in addition to some awesome views.

But because the Miami Grand Prix is new to the schedule this year — it joins the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin as the only other American F1 race, currently, before Las Vegas is added to the mix in 2023 — it might be helpful to know a few fast facts about event and venue.

So before the on-track action gets going, here’s what you want and need to know about the Miami Grand Prix.

F1 22 Miami GP hands-on preview: breathing new life into Formula 1

Ahead of the race weekend, GLHF had the opportunity to take an in-depth look and play the brand new Miami Grand Prix in F1 22.

With Formula 1 entering a whole new era, we’re about to find out how video games will simulate the many innovations introduced by the new regulations. New cars with sexier designs, the return of ground effect to facilitate head-to-head during each race, significantly larger tires, and even a new track. In short, all the ingredients to ensure that F1 22, the official Formula 1 video game developed by Codemasters, becomes one of the most anticipated games of the year, are there.

Ahead of the race weekend, GLHF had the opportunity to take an in-depth look and play the brand new Miami Grand Prix, which is set in the already iconic Miami International Autodrome. Next week, we’ll have more details about how F1 22 looks and plays overall, as well as the new cars and the new dynamics they bring to the game. For now, though, let’s focus on Miami, as the new F1 game is our first chance to see the track in action.

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Looking at the layout of the track, I was a bit worried that the Miami GP would be some sort of Western Jeddah and, in fact, it partially is. Not that I dislike the Arab track – it’s not the best in safety, but the very high top speeds in such a tight circuit are certainly unique. In F1 2021, however, Jeddah was some sort of nightmare, since you could easily compromise your entire race by approaching one of the first super-fast turns slightly wrong.

The track does a nice job in mixing that feeling with parts from Abu Dhabi and Mexico City. The result is a less technical track than the latter, but equally full of overtaking spots.

The first turn is rather tight and slow, but from there you can jump in a series of quick corners to be tackled in fifth gear, barely touching the brake or taking your foot off the accelerator pedal. A left-right that precedes a long swerve to the left, with the grandstand on the right and a row of boats clearly reminding of the Monaco GP on the left – this also looks like decent overtaking spot, even though it looks a bit bold of an effort.

The following three turns look more like a straight than real curves, with Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium on the left, and you speed across that at more than 320 km/h. A right-hander here seems to recall Mexico City’s turn around the Foro Sol (you’ll notice the infamous fake marina on the side), long but with a tight closure. Your temptation to overtake here should stay just that, a temptation.

And here you get to potentially the most iconic point of the track, some sort of Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew-like, a Baku styled left-right on a slight slope. Instead of having the Baku Castle’s walls, though, the chicane features grass on both sides. Still, it’ll be interesting to see how the new cars pass through such a tiny space. At the opening on the left, cars tend to lose the rear a bit, at least from these first tests, so that will also be something to keep in mind during the race.

Get out of this passage and you’ll find another straight where to travel at slightly more than 320 km/h on F1 22. Fans watching from their TVs will have a great time at this point of the track: cars will have to crawl under the Turnpike highway, which is less than 25 meters from the track itself. Together with the stadium, this is perhaps the only section that clearly signals the street track nature of the Miami GP.

Speaking of the stadium, speeding through the straight you find it on the left, and here you can appreciate the new F1 game’s level of detail: the Hard Rock Stadium’s structure is reproduced in its entirety, with the 3D model visible from the outside and the Hard Rock logo on the front. It’s just amazing to see it almost at the side of the road, but moving the view to give the architecture a quick look is not exactly recommended at those speeds.

At the end of the straight, after passing another tight left turn, you approach another slight left-right without braking, leading to the atypical straight. Here you can see the stadium on the right, above the paddock, with some spectacular ray-traced glass structures all over the place and, on the left and very close to the track, the grandstand. The atypical start of the straight and the following, tight right-hand corner means it’s not impossible to defend here, even under DRS, so you should expect some good challenges with fun outcomes.

If you were to describe the Miami International Autodrome with just one adjective, it would be “fast”. As you could easily see in this first press-exclusive demo, the circuit has 3-4 points for overtaking, including the two straights that will really stress those engines out (that’s good news for Ferrari fans, maybe? Thinking of Red Bull reliability…), so there will be plenty of room for spectacular maneuvers, even if we are talking about a street circuit.

While we’ll have more in-depth coverage for you in a week, you can’t really discuss F1 22 without touching upon the new Formula 1 cars. Aesthetically, they’re just delightful: the rounded lines of the cars already made them look like they were inspired by video games, and in the video game itself they do not disappoint at all.

TV-pod cameras allow you to appreciate the details of the new wheel covers, while the Chase near and far ones give you a proper look at the now much bigger 18″ tires, and all of that feeds into a noticeable visual impact. Much of this impact is dictated more by the design and regulation changes of Formula 1 rather than by the actual game – and, if you want, you can play a Sprint Race here too, even though it isn’t included in the real-life calendar. F1 22 also features some less washed out graphics, compared to last year’s iteration.

In that sense, the Miami GP helps the game pop. Palm trees, the luxurious structures, and the visual effects of the warm Florida sun on the screen, together with those light blue materials at every corner, give a pretty good idea of ​​how this track was designed – as in functionality, so in aesthetics – for a new generation of Formula 1 fans.

Will the new Miami track and the game leave a lasting mark on the world of motorsport, both real and virtual? We’ll have a clearer and more in-depth idea about that next week. In the meantime, F1 22 is out on July 1 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Written by Paolo Sirio on behalf of GLHF.

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Why the Miami Grand Prix ended up with a fake marina and dry-docked yachts

Yes, a fake marina.

Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix — one of Formula 1’s two American races currently on the schedule — is all about the glitz and glam and flashy, Miami vibes. And judging from some early views of the 3.36-mile, 19-turn circuit built around Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, it certainly has the potential to live up to the hype — especially if the racing is good.

One particular element of the venue, however, leaves quite a bit to be desired: the fake marina.

Eyeing the idea of an American version of the famed and glamorous Monaco Grand Prix, Miami organizers originally hoped for a waterfront venue with a circuit in the downtown area and over a bridge to the Port of Miami, as the Miami Herald reported last month. But when that plan didn’t work out and the race ended up being around Hard Rock Stadium, there was still an attempt at creating a waterfront atmosphere.

Enter The Yachts at MIA Marina, a faux harbor/beach area with, obviously, yachts. More from the Miami Herald:

It won’t be as picturesque as it would have been along the turquoise bay, with gorgeous aerial camera views of cruise ships, the skyline and fans watching from yachts and sailboats. But [Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium owner Stephen] Ross’ group is doing its best to replicate a waterfront ambiance at the landlocked venue.

In the center of the track, near turns 11, 12 and 13, will be a 24,000 square-foot beach club zone featuring a resort-style pool with luxury cabanas, bars and DJs playing music.

And that’s not all! A Monaco-inspired faux marina “Yacht Club” is being constructed — complete with about a dozen dry-docked yachts — on the infield of turns 6, 7 and 8. Some race patrons paid $38,000 for a four-person “Yacht Club” package, $19,000 for a two-person pass and $9,500 for a single.

The marina construction in progress in January 2022. (Formula One Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix)
The Yachts at MIA Marina, taken Sunday, May 1, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Hiro Ueno/F1 Miami Grand Prix)

The discovery of the fake marina then led to this funny bit from Sky Sports’ Craig Slater, pointing out the absurdity of the situation and hilariously “swimming” in the “water.”

Joking that the “sea breeze is in my hair” — the venue is about 10 miles away from the Atlantic Ocean — Slater said: “It’s such a hot day today, I think I might take a jump into the cool… water.”

His bit about “enhanced reality” — welcomed by many F1 fans with more jokes — then continued as he attempted a little backstroke on the flat, waterless ground.

So no matter how real the fake marina will look on TV, just remember, it’s not.

Following two practices on Friday and another Saturday, qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix is set for noon ET Saturday. The race is scheduled for Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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May Sports Betting Calendar: PGA Championship, NHL playoffs and Kentucky Derby

The NBA playoffs roll into the conference finals too.

Get your mint julep’s ready, because it’s May and that means horse racing season is upon us. Here’s your guide on what to bet this month, and nothing brings out the big spenders quite like Triple Crown races, beginning with the Kentucky Derby early in the month and Preakness Stakes later.

The NBA Playoffs also continue, with the second round giving way to the conference finals later in the month. And the Stanley Cup Playoff will get underway too, as the NHL looks to crown a champion.

Below is a look at all of these events and more coming up in May.

Odds via Tipico

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Sebastian Vettel just took a very expensive lap in an Australian GP practice session and fans loved every minute of it

This is a wild way to end a practice session but we’re all here for it.

Normally, F1 practice sessions don’t end this way. But for Sebastian Vettel we had to make an exception.

Vettel took what wound up being a very expensive victory lap at the Australian Grand Prix after a practice session on Friday. Except for it wasn’t in his regular Aston Martin car — it was on a circuit marshal’s scooter.

Vettel’s regular car lost power during the session on Turn 10 of the Albert Park circuit. He needed to get back to the pit lane and paddock area, so he waited until the session was over and rode back on a scooter he borrowed from the marshal.

However, he was supposed to ride back on the road running around the circuit. Not the actual circuit. But, of course, that’s not what he did. And this was the result.

What. A. Moment. This is just so fun. And, man, does he have that wave down perfectly or what? What a moment.

Of course, this ended up costing Vettel €5,000. But hey, man. Totally worth it. He’s got it anyway. Fans absolutely loved this.

Lewis Hamilton explains why he’s ‘working on’ changing his name to honor his mom

As Lewis Hamilton chases another F1 title, he wants to celebrate his mom too.

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton officially became Sir Lewis Hamilton in December when Charles, Prince of Wales, knighted him. After gaining the notable prefix, Hamilton says he’s now “working on” changing his name altogether. Or, rather, amending it to honor his mother, Carmen.

At the 2022 Dubai Expo on Monday ahead of F1’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, Hamilton explained that he’s currently in the process of changing his name so it includes Carmen’s maiden name, Larbalestier.

He said he’s not ditching “Hamilton” but working to include his mother’s name as well, as he begins his quest for a record-breaking eighth F1 title.

The Mercedes driver said, via ESPN (or see the video here):

“It would mean the world to my family [to win an eighth title],” Hamilton said. “It would mean a lot to me knowing that, for example, I am really proud of my family’s name, Hamilton.

“None of you might know that my mum’s name is Larbalestier, and I am just about to put that in my name.

“I don’t fully understand the whole idea that when people get married the woman loses their name, and I really want my mum’s name to continue on with the Hamilton name,” he added.

Hamilton did not announce when he expects his name change to become official. But he did laugh off the idea that it would be as soon as this weekend for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

And although ESPN reported that Hamilton didn’t note what his full name will end up being, the BBC reported he’ll add Larbalestier as a middle name.

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Who did Duke choose to replace Mike Krzyzewski after Coach K steps down?

Get to know Jon Scheyer.

As you may know, Mike Krzyzewski is stepping down as Duke’s head coach after 42 years (!) of a legendary run that’s included five national men’s championships.

But if you’re here, you might be wondering: Who’s taking over as the new head coach of the Blue Devils when he retires after this year’s men’s March Madness?

Say hello to Jon Scheyer.

He’s a former Duke star who played for the Blue Devils from 2006 to 2010 and he captained the team that won a national title in his final year.

After playing hoops overseas, Krzyzewski hired him in 2013 to join the coaching staff and became a full assistant soon after. He filled in as head coach against BC when Coach K had to quarantine in 2021 and Duke won.

Like everyone, he was getting ready for the legendary coach’s final game at Cameron Indoor.

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