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The tire keys for the 2022 F1 Miami GP

Formula 1 is preparing to face one of the great novelties of the 2022 calendar: the Miami Grand Prix. The race, which will be held in the most famous city in Florida, will represent the fifth test of the 23 scheduled for this season.

Looking ahead to this event, which is not only new for the teams and drivers, but for everyone involved in Formula 1, Pirelli has decided to carry the following compounds:

  • C2 (the hardest, white in color)
  • C3 (middle, yellow)
  • C4 (the softest, red in color)

This proposal contains the three central compounds of the Italian manufacturer’s 2022 range, which, as we recall, ranges from C1 (the hardest) to C5 (the softest), the same choice they made for Imola. Compounds at the extreme ends of this scale will not be considered this weekend in Florida.

Pirelli tires for the new Miami circuit in F1 2022

  • For its debut on the highly anticipated Miami street circuit, Pirelli has chosen the three main compounds in the range: C2 as the hardest, C3 as the medium and C4 as the softest. The most repeated choice so far this season.
  • The 5.41-kilometer Miami International Speedway is located around Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens (home of the Miami Dolphins) and features 19 turns, three straights, elevation changes and a chicane. Top speeds are expected to reach 320 km/h , averaging around 223 km/h, with drivers having their foot on the throttle for around 58% of the lap. Turns 11 and 17 are the two main overtaking opportunities, with three DRS zones.
  • Given that, although this is the eleventh venue for a grand prix in the USA, this track is the first time it has hosted a race, and for this reason Pirelli had to rely on the data provided by the simulations. Said information indicates that the central compounds of the range will be the most suitable for the 57-lap race that will take place this Sunday, May 8, since smooth asphalt is expected to offer good grip.

  • Asphalt, being very new, is very likely to evolve rapidly throughout the weekend, helped also by the Porsche Challenge and the W Series, chosen as support events for Miami.

Mario Isola , responsible for Pirelli in F1, explained the choice: “There is a lot of expectation for the first Miami Grand Prix, which has a track that is somewhat similar to that of Yeda, although there are some slower and more technical parts in compared to the track in Saudi Arabia, in particular the section between turns 11 and 16. The rest of the circuit, which runs counterclockwise, is very fast and tests the tires mounted on the right side of the car”.

“We expect the usual fast track evolution, and a smooth surface with the new tarmac, but the track has been washed with high-pressure water jets, so it should offer a good level of grip from the start.”

“Being a fast circuit, the cars are likely to use a low to medium downforce setup and this could lead to a bit of slippage in the high-speed corners, especially using the harder compounds in the range. we have to face a new track, our choice always tends to be a bit cautious, so it will be interesting to compare the simulations with the real data that we get.”

Minimum dry tire pressures at the 2022 F1 Miami GP

  • Front: 24.5psi
  • Rear: 20.5psi

Maximum tire camber at the 2022 F1 Miami GP

  • Front: -3.25°
  • Rear: -2.00°

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