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Miami chicane ‘like a B&Q parking lot’, says Hamilton

In the summary: Lewis Hamilton compared the chicane at Turns 14 and 15 at Miami’s new circuit to driving a go-kart around a supermarket parking lot.

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Miami chicane ‘like a B&Q parking lot’, says Hamilton

Hamilton compared the chicane at Turns 14 and 15 at Miami’s new circuit to driving a go-kart around a supermarket parking lot.

The tight and twisty section of the second sector caused plenty of challenges for the drivers in Friday’s two practice sessions. Hamilton says the circuit is characterized by bumps and questions the need for the chicane at turns 14 and 15.

“It’s kind of crazy when you think people these days should be able to make a flat road relatively easy,” Hamilton said, “but there are really big bumps in so many places where the track meets elsewhere, so I don’t know if they’ll be able to rectify that overnight or improve it.

“Otherwise the track is quite pleasant to drive, except for the chicane. It’s so tight. It reminds me of being in a B&Q parking lot when I was seven in a go-kart between cars. Maybe in the future they can remove that one and it will improve the track.

Miami Grand Prix CEO Richard Cregan told RaceFans on Friday that they have no plans to change course.

Norris not surprised by Mercedes pace in training

Lando Norris says he is “not at all” surprised by Mercedes’ pace on the first day of practice at the Miami Grand Prix.

George Russell was the fastest of them all on Friday, setting a 1’29.938 which was a tenth quicker than championship leader Charles Leclerc. Asked if he was surprised to see Mercedes so high on the timing screens, Norris replied “not at all”.

“They were P4, P5 in Bahrain,” Norris said. “They’ve been strong all year. Just because they have rebounds, everyone expects them to be terrible. So no, not at all.

“They are extremely strong in low-speed corners. Mercedes has probably been one of the best slow-speed cars all season, but no one ever looks very well at the GPS and doesn’t pick it up. So in no way surprised. It just makes us want to work even harder and try to beat them again.

Ocon reprimanded for Russell pit lane near miss

Esteban Ocon received his first misconduct reprimand of the 2022 season after nearly driving into George Russell as he left his garage at the start of first practice.

Mercedes released Russell from the garage under the green flag, with Ocon released from his garage by his team. Seeing Russell approaching, an Alpine mechanic attempted to wave Ocon to a stop, but he continued down pit lane, forcing Russell to stop.

After investigating the incident, stewards issued Ocon a misconduct reprimand, his first of the season. Stewards cited Carlos Sainz Jnr receiving a misconduct reprimand for a similar incident at the Bahrain Grand Prix as why Ocon received an identical penalty.

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