Max Verstappen’s Car Catches Fire During Miami Grand Prix Practice

Written By Nicole Russo on May 6, 2022
Miami Grand Prix betting

The Miami Grand Prix is officially underway and drivers have taken to the track for the first two practice sessions of the weekend. The slick track and tough, slow corners have taken their toll on some of the top teams already.

Max Verstappen entered the weekend as the favorite to win in Miami in the latest Formula One betting odds, but his brakes caught on fire Friday afternoon during FP2 and shifted things around. Will Red Bull be able to get things back on track before qualifying?

Miami Grand Prix Betting Odds

Charles Leclerc
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+120
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+125
Max Verstappen
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+140
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+150
George Russell
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+1100
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+1000
Sergio Perez
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+1100
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+1000
Carlos Sainz Jr.
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+1300
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+1200
Lewis Hamilton
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+1800
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+1600
Lando Norris
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+6500
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+4000
Daniel Ricciardo
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+12000
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+15000
Fernando Alonso
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+18000
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+15000
Valtteri Bottas
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+20000
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+15000

More Reliability Issues For Red Bull As Verstappen’s Car Catches Fire

The drivers got their first taste of the brand new track in Miami on Friday afternoon, and it took its toll on some of the top drivers’ cars.

The new asphalt is slick, causing quite a few spin-outs and red flags during practice, and the turns are narrower than people initially anticipated.

The harsh corners in Turns 14-16 put a lot of strain on the car’s brakes and began to increase the heat. Verstappen dealt with overheating in FP1, causing his team to replace his gearbox before FP2.

The new gearbox had the same issues. Verstappen was forced into the pits early on in FP2 after the back of his car caught fire and a hydraulics issue prevented him from being able to steer.

Luckily, mechanics were able to put out the fire and nobody was injured. Verstappen stayed in the car for a while, indicating that the team was hoping he would be able to get back out during FP2 to complete more laps, but that didn’t happen.

Reliability issues have plagued Red Bull all season, with Max winning two races and getting a DNF in the other two. Completing laps during practice is crucial for drivers to learn a new track layout and be comfortable on race day.

Verstappen moved from the -105 favorite heading into the weekend down to the second favorite at +140 at FanDuel Sportsbook after the overheating issues.

Charles Leclerc is now the favorite to win the race this weekend at +120.

Sainz Crashes Into The Wall…Again

Red Bull wasn’t the only top team struggling during the practice sessions. Carlos Sainz was showing great speed when he spun out and hit the wall at Turn 13 during FP2.

Unfortunately, this isn’t unfamiliar territory for the Ferrari driver. Sainz crashed during qualifying in Imola and crashed on lap 2 in Melbourne after having issues with the car during qualifying at the Australian Grand Prix.

He seems to be having a nightmare season so far with a winning car, leaving Ferrari fans extremely frustrated.

Issues for the top teams heading into the weekend have seemed to open up a window of opportunity for Mercedes, a team that has underperformed up until this point.

George Russell secured the fastest lap in the second practice session while teammate Lewis Hamilton snagged P4. This could be a breakthrough weekend for Mercedes, which has finally added some upgrades to the car to help mitigate speed and porpoising issues.

Russell’s Miami Grand Prix odds moved from +5000 entering the weekend to +1000.

Hamilton’s odds have shifted from +5000 to +1800 at FanDuel.

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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