Wolff expects three-way battle to 'intensify'

Wolff expects three-way battle to 'intensify'

A Miami grand prix would give F1 a coveted race in a city with worldwide interest for fans as well as sweeping views of the tropics for a global television broadcast.

While the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was Valtteri Bottas' to win, the Finn was robbed of Mercedes' first win of the season when his tyre blew three laps from the chequered flag.

"The first four races indicate very strongly that we will see the three-way battle continue and - if anything - intensify", the Mercedes team principal said.

The 33-year-old Englishman, who spent last weekend at the Met Gala in NY, is yet to sign an extension to his Mercedes contract which expires at the end of the season.

The Mercedes driver took the championship lead from Sebastian Vettel two weeks ago in Baku, but he insists the Ferrari is actually the better auto. "Formula One is shifting and we don't know what the sport is doing". "The opening of the European season is showing everybody, with some update packages usually coming around this time, where everyone is in the pecking order and sets you off for the rest of the season".

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Force India, Renault, McLaren, Haas, and others are all vying for points in the midfield, and Red Bull will be looking to bounce back from a devastating result in Baku.

"With the unanimous votes at both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County's Economic Development and Tourism Committee, we are very pleased to have received preliminary approval towards bringing a Formula One Grand Prix to Miami", said F1's commercial boss, Sean Bratches, in reaction to the news.

Getting off to a quick start in Barcelona will be crucial on Sunday, as the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya historically doesn't allow for many overtaking opportunities. So every team will work hard to Top performance out of the auto in qualifying this Saturday.

The performance of MercedesAMG this weekend will be particularly in focus given their struggles in the last 3 Grands Prix, as they looked strong at the pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Overtaking is hard in Barcelona and more so in Monte Carlo, making track position Key for a good race result. "So, every team will work hard to get every last bit of performance out of the vehicle in qualifying".

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