WATCH: MLB Giants Invite 2022 F1 Championship Leaders Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen Ahead of Much Anticipated Miami GP

Published 05/05/2022, 9:17 AM EDT

F1 is in the United States for the fifth round this season. However, this isn’t the first time F1 has come to the North American country, but certainly to the city of Miami. As Miami gears up to host its inaugural F1 Grand Prix, defending F1 champion Max Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez takes a tour at the local Miami Marlins MLB team.

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F1 has been treated with utmost importance and anticipation in the state of Florida off late. For example, teams like Miami Dolphins from NFL, and the aforementioned Miami Marlins welcomed the F1 teams with the widest of arms. Max and Sergio threw the ceremonial first pitches ahead of the Major League Baseball game against Arizona Diamondbacks at home.

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Coming to Miami, the F1 schedule had a week off after the last race at Imola. The drivers took their time out to visit the local sports and enjoy themselves to the fullest. Earlier, Lewis Hamilton partnered with Tom Brady for a golf session, whereas championship leader Charles Leclerc also paid a visit to the Marlins home.

Charles played catch with outfit Avisail Garcia and then with owner Bruce Sherman and reliever Steven Okert. There was Southpaw Jesus Luzardo and reliever Anthony Bender as well to accompany the F1 driver. When the national anthem was played, Leclerc stood at the third base line.

What’s at stake for Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc in Miami?

As the race days inch closer, the stakes are at an all-time high. Unlike the traditional Circuit of America’s race, this time the anticipation is different. With Red Bull and Ferrari on an even field, it is believed that the battle will be legendary.

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Verstappen comes to the US after his ever-dominating Emilia Romagna win where he picked up a grand slam. That has been the Dutchman’s second win of the season. Whereas, in the other two races, he had to retire with an engine issue.

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The road to take over Charles as the leader is still long as the Monegasque looks very solid this season. With two wins and three podiums overall, the Ferrari driver is way ahead in points as compared to the rest of the bunch.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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