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F1 2022

Unloved section of Miami F1 track to be re-modified

Ahead of its second race in May, F1's Miami Grand Prix venue is to undergo modifications to improve the layout.

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Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix track is to undergo major renovation work ahead of the 2023 event, RacingNews365.com understands.

A long-time ambition of series chiefs, the first ever Grand Prix in Miami was held in May, with a circuit sneaking around the Miami Dolphins' NFL stadium, being won by Max Verstappen.

The circuit was criticised for its lack of overtaking potential - although Verstappen did pass Ferrari's Charles Leclerc on-track to grab his third win of the campaign.

And when F1 returns in May 2023 for the second time, a circuit with a few changes will be awaiting drivers and teams.

Miami GP track changes

The main chunk of work is set to be focused on the Turn 14 and 15 section, which includes the slow uphill chicane.

RacingNews365.com understands from F1 Commission sources that the chicane will be completely reprofiled in order to speed the cars up as they wind beneath the freeways above.

It is also understood that the Turn 14 wall - where Esteban Ocon had his major crash in final practice and was unable to take part in qualifying having damaged the chassis - will be modified as well.

In addition to this work, the whole 3.3-mile (5.4km) circuit is set to be resurfaced with rumble strips potentially being added at a number of high-speed corners - the majority of which are found in the first sector.

    Work follows commitment from boss

    The news comes after Tyler Epp - the President of the Event - spoke exclusively to RacingNews365.com shortly after the inaugural race, where he pledged to make necessary changes.

    "The circuit is the most important part when you organise a Grand Prix," he explained.

    "We have got the feedback from F1, the FIA and the drivers and we are using their input to improve the circuit in certain places.

    "Right now, we are working with the different parties to see where and what we can improve on the track.

    "We do this by listening to the constructive criticism in particular at the moment.

    "In the coming months, we will have clarity on exactly what needs to be done and we can start working on that."

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