If F1 did Spring Break…. The arrival of grand prix racing in Miami has already seen Pierre Gasly trying his hand at graffiti, Lewis Hamilton swapping catwalk couture for a golfing polo shirt, and Lando Norris sporting a crop top along with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
Some may see it as a racing-themed music festival. Most are amused by the vinyl water-side marina, but come Sunday, when the celebrities are cleared from the grid, all eyes will be on the racers.
The 2022 F1 season doesn’t need a trackside beach club and monster DJ booth/podium, there’s entertainment enough from the Max Verstappen / Charles Leclerc title battle, which closed up at Imola after an error from the hard-pushing Leclerc in slippery conditions.
He’s one of many with a point to prove in Florida. After a series of mishaps, Carlos Sainz is fighting to avoid being relegated to No2 driver and it’s a similar story with Sergio Perez. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have ruled themselves out of this year’s title race, but if car upgrades can unlock the pace the team thinks it has, then don’t rule out a crowd-pleasing appearance by Lewis Hamilton on the podium.
There’s W Series racing too, as the all-female grid lines up for the first time this year.
Will the Miami race deserve its primetime slot (for European viewers)? Here’s when you’ll need to start watching to find out.
How to watch the 2022 F1 Miami Grand Prix
Tune in live or catch the highlights: here’s when you’ll need your TV or device ready for the key sessions. Times are GMT.
TV channel (live) Every session will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1
Live stream Sky Sports F1 subscribers can stream the action using the Sky Go app. A Now TV sports membership will also allow you to access Sky’s live coverage.
Highlights Channel 4 is showing highlights of qualifying and the Grand Prix, although the time difference means you’ll have to wait until Sunday morning to see the first session, and the early hours of Monday for the race.
Miami Grand Prix
||From 8pm, Sky
||From 7pm, Sky
||8.30am (Sunday), C4
||12.30am (Monday), C4
Where to watch every session
All sessions will be live on Sky Sports F1, including pre- and post-race coverage; the free practice sessions are not shown by Channel 4.
Both Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event will start coverage of the race at 7pm. Highlights on Channel 4 will start at 12.30am on Monday morning
Sky Sports F1 – Live
Friday FP1 – 7pm | FP2 – 10.15pm
Saturday FP3 – 5.45pm | Qualifying – 8pm
Sunday Grand Prix – 7pm
Channel 4 – Highlights
Sunday Qualifying – 8.30am
Monday Grand Prix – 12.30am
How to stream
Sky’s live coverage of each session is available on Now TV with a sports membership, and you can stay up-to-date with the action regardless of your location. The app can be downloaded on mobile and tablet devices. Weekend passes are also available which give you access to all the live sessions including pre- and post-race coverage.
Existing Sky subscribers can watch on a mobile device using the Sky Go app.
Who will win?
Red Bull had the edge on Ferrari at Imola, but both teams come into the Miami Grand Prix weekend with car upgrades. So close is the performance gap, that a small gain could easily swing the balance.