Why Kevin Magnussen is driving on thin ice; F1 fans review the the Miami GP


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Welcome back to the 100th edition of Prime Tire, where we’re wondering if we can fit 100 sentences into one newsletter. Our fingers? They’re crossed. Totally. Yep! Hey, these are tiny sentences. Is he cheating? Maybe. Maybe not. Who? Can say?

I’m Patrick, and Madeline Coleman will be along shortly. Let’s dive in.


Readers react to the Miami Grand Prix

Only a week late! Thanks again for your patience. Let’s see what you all had to say about the 2024 Miami GP and Lando Norris’ first win.

As usual, we asked readers to explain themselves. Here’s a sampling of your responses.

5 – It was amazing!

“Landoooooo!!!” (Also, “LANDOOOOOOO” and “LAAAAAANNNNNNDDOOOOOOOOOOOO!”)

“Must I explain? In the same time zone as me? Great racing action at a track that everybody loves to hate? Lando’s maiden victory? I give it 9/5; it would be 10/5 if Logan had made it to the end at home.”

“New winner who REALLY deserved to win and earned the top of the podium.”

“As one of my friends said, it was surprisingly emotional. I treated it like a no-hitter, not wanting to jinx Lando, simply texting friends with a vague, ‘something is happening in the race, you better turn it on… 👀’”

“From Max looking mortal to Magnusson looking unhinged, there was always something to talk about. Me to my wife: ‘This is the best race of the year!’ Her: ‘I only fell asleep twice!’”

“Lando winning his first race and the amount of love, camaraderie, and respect given to him by all the other drivers really showed that this sport means something.”

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“Max lost because Lando was quicker? Sign me up for more of that, please.”

“Teammates almost taking each other out on the opening lap, some gorgeous special liveries (shout out to the Miami commitment, VCARB!), and a new race winner – what more could you ask for? An honorable mention to Kevin Magnussen for keeping us all entertained while he racks up penalty points as fast as Verstappen accumulates championship points.” Pat note: More on that in a bit. 

“Come on. Best race in two seasons.”

4 – It was good!

“I wanted to select ‘Amazing’ solely because Lando won and EVERYONE LIKED THAT, but finally selected ‘Good’ because it was good, not totally amazing.”

“Safety car decided the race winner?”

“Great that Lando won. Loved the sprint and Danny Ric coming 4. Not an interesting track. Hence, 4.”

“That finale was really intriguing, and of course, it’s great since Lando won his first GP, but the rest was familiar Miami GP: Boring.”

“It seems like an interesting race with overtakes needs at least one safety car. Pretty much why NASCAR does stages, I guess.”

“This may have been the best possible race on this track. Here’s to more racing that has some question about the outcome.”

Still racing in a parking lot!”

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3 – It was meh!

“Follow the leader … as always.”

“Yes, we got a new (and deserving) winner. But beyond that and K-Mag doing K-Mag things, the racing itself wasn’t that exciting.”

2 – It was bad!

“Didn’t like the format or the street course.”

“Too much celebrity coverage.” Pat counterpoint: But Camila Cabello did the memes! 

1 – It was awful!

“Miami is a horrible circuit.” Pat rebuttal: But the fake marina! 


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Kevin Magnussen racked up penalties in Miami. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Trouble brewing for Magnussen?

It’s been a swell season for Haas, which sits seventh in the championship after finishing 10th last season. A big reason is the sacrifices made by Magnussen, who has spent a couple of races fighting off cars so his teammate, Nico Hülkenberg, could finish ahead of him in the points.

The downside is that, after racking up six (!) penalties in Miami last weekend, Magnussen now has 10 penalty points on his super license. Any driver who accrues 12 penalty points in a 12-month period is subject to a one-race ban. Luke Smith wrote about the fine line Magnussen’s walking.

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Magnussen’s tactics have helped Haas — and put him in danger of a race ban


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(Stolen and updated, lovingly, from Haas.) That’s right, we’re returning to Emilia-Romagna, Italy, for the first time since 2022. You’ll recall that devastating floods canceled the 2023 race.

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It’s a classic track. We’ll have a full track breakdown later this week and live blog coverage all weekend. But for now, here’s the session schedule:

Friday

  • FP1: 7:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. BST
  • FP2: 11 a.m. ET / 4 p.m. BST

Saturday:

  • FP3: 6:30 a.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. BST
  • Qualifying: 10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. BST

Sunday:

  • Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix: 9 a.m. ET / 2 p.m. BST

The first round of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA) took place over the weekend, and a few familiar names for F1 Academy fans competed: Doriane PinLéna Bühler and Marta García. Then came the Formula E Berlin Rookie Test, which García (the inaugural F1 Academy champion) and Alice Powell (a W Series race winner who works extensively with Alpine) participated in.

Jamie Chadwick, a three-time W Series champion, secured her first Indy NXT podium finish, becoming the first woman to do so since 2010. Meanwhile, fellow former W Series driver Abbi Pulling continued her winning streak, making British F4 history. The Alpine Academy driver won both F1 Academy races in Miami and is now leading the championship by 34 points. One week later, Pulling became the first woman to win a British F4 race, finishing P1 in Race 2.

I think it shows what F1 Academy is doing,” Pulling told ITV4. “It’s bringing up female participation and there’s just such a buzz now around women in motorsport and bringing more participation and license holders in.”


Thanks, Madeline! So, anyway, I wanted to tell you all about my favorite Star Wars pod racer, Ratts Tyerell, and his long-lasting impact on the pod racing community. Tyerell, born on the planet Aleen in the ye–


But Wait, There’s More! with Madeline Coleman

There’s a new young driver development program. This time, it’s been created by More Than Equal. The organization, founded by 13-time grands prix winner David Coulthard and entrepreneur Karel Komarek, announced its inaugural cohort featuring six female drivers aged between 13 and 14 — Ivonn Simeonova (Austria), Katrina Thung (Malaysia), Kristýna Kalistová (Czech Republic), Lana Flack (Australia), Laura Bubenová (Slovakia), and Skye Parker (United Kingdom).

“Our drivers will benefit from a programme that has been designed with female athletes in mind from the very start when too often girls have had to navigate programmes and systems in motorsport that were built entirely for boys,” said Ali Donnelly, More Than Equal’s CEO, in the press release. “Our programme will be highly relevant to young female drivers with potential, applying the latest in sports science to their age and gender.”

More Than Equal’s goal is to “find and develop the first female F1 world champion,” and this includes addressing the barriers to entry women face in motorsports: stereotypes, lack of financial sponsorships and the gender performance gap. Increasing grassroots participation is one step towards that goal, building off of its “Inside Track” report from last year.

Four more drivers, who will “benefit from further development before joining the full programme” were selected for More Than Equal’s Driver Preparation Programme. According to the announcement, these drivers are younger than 13 years old and come from Italy, Japan, Poland, and the United Kingdom.


Outside the Points

Hey, remember how Guenther Steiner is suing Haas for allegedly refusing to pay commissions? Well, now we learn that Haas is suing Steiner and his book publisher over alleged trademark infringement. Breaking up is messy!

Finally, Ferrari added two Mercedes behind-the-scenes names: Loic Serra as Head of Chassis Performance Engineering and Jerome d’Ambrosio as Deputy Team Principal (reporting to Fred Vasseur).

Top photo: GIORGIO VIERA/POOL/AFP, Chris Graythen/Getty Images via Getty Images





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