Max Verstappen expects crazy scenes in maiden Miami Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen has predicted excitement for fans at this weekend's maiden Miami Grand Prix, stating he expects it to be a 'pretty crazy' weekend.

The fifth race on the Formula One calendar this season is the first of two races stateside this year, with Miami taking centre stage before a trip to Austin later in the schedule – and a third US race in Las Vegas will join the calendar from next year.

Expectation for the Miami Grand Prix is at breaking point, with the popularity of the motorsport increasing significantly following the launch of Netflix's Drive To Survive series which has helped put F1 into the attention of a wealth of new fans.

While Verstappen has shied away from the Netflix cameras in the most recent season, fans will be lapping up the opportunity to see the Red Bull drive in action and he himself is expecting big things when Formula One mania hits Florida and he's outlined his expectations.

"I think this weekend is going to be pretty crazy! I'm looking forward to racing in Miami, I've driven the track on the simulator and we've practiced and prepared as much as we can without visiting the track in real life," he said ahead of the race weekend.

"I love racing in Austin, so it's fun that we get to go to another state and race this year. It's exciting to see Formula 1 getting much bigger in the US. F1 and the teams are working hard to promote the sport in the US, and we're having more and more races here, so step by step we are making it more popular."

There should be plenty of action in Miami, with the belief that the track layout will allow for plenty of overtaking opportunities and Verstappen believes that this is something that has improved the spectacle so far in the 2022 season.

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"I also think it helps now the cars are finding it easier to follow and overtake each other and more teams are competing for wins. I think that's the most important thing for the fans. I hope that it's going to be an exciting weekend, Miami is a really nice city and I think it’s a really interesting location to hold a Grand Prix. I think not only the drivers are excited, but the fans too."

Verstappen's win at Imola last time out saw the defending champion claw back crucial ground in the title battle with Charles Leclerc, having failed to finish in two of the opening four races, with a 1-2 finish with Sergio Perez also boosting Red Bull's standing in the Constructor's Championship.

The Dutch driver currently sits 27 points behind Leclerc ahead of the maiden Miami race and five points ahead of teammate Perez.

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