The Monégasque driver leads from pole just ahead of Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz, with defending champion Verstappen and Sergio Perez following behind for Red Bull.
Cracking the Stateside market has been an amibition of F1 bosses for decades and this trip to a purpose-built track around Hard Rock Stadium promises to be the next step in that pursuit.
The 5.4km circuit features a short start/finish straight before a set of medium-speed corners through sector one, ahead of a long, sweeping back straight into a tight and technical end to sector two. The final sector features a drag through the second of three DRS zones before a hairpin back to the start.
Along with the glamorous location, there is plenty of intrigue around who will fare best through 57 laps on Sunday evening.
Verstappen claimed the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix grand slam a fortnight ago, coming out on top in qualifying, the sprint and race to reduce Leclerc’s championship lead.
The race at Imola demonstrated why F1 is heading towards another titanic battle for the title, this time between the reigning champion and the Ferrari star – with Lewis Hamilton nowhere to be seen.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the race…
When is the F1 Miami Grand Prix?
The Miami Grand Prix takes place today, Sunday May 8, 2022 at the Miami International Autodrome.
What time is the F1 Miami Grand Prix?
The race begins at 8.30pm BST on Sunday evening.
How can I watch the F1 Miami Grand Prix?
TV channel: Today’s race will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and F1, with coverage beginning on F1 at 7pm before lights out at 8.30pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also tune in online via the Sky Go app.
Highlights: Channel 4 will be airing full free-to-air race highlights at 12.30am on Monday morning.
Live blog: You can keep up to date with the race as it happens via Standard Sport’s live blog, with Matt Majendie in attendance at the Miami International Autodrome.
Who is on pole for the F1 Miami Grand Prix?
Charles Leclerc is on pole for the first Miami Grand Prix. Here is the top 10 on the grid:
- Charles Leclerc (1:28:796)
- Carlos Sainz (+0.190)
- Max Verstappen (+0.195)
- Sergio Perez (+0.240)
- Valtteri Bottas (+0.679)
- Lewis Hamilton (+0.829)
- Pierre Gasly (+0.894)
- Lando Norris (+0.954)
- Yuki Tsunoda (+1.136)
- Lance Stroll (+1.880)