2022 FP1 Miami Grand Prix Report & Highlights: Verstappen leads Russell in first-ever Miami GP practice session

2022 FP1 Miami Grand Prix Report & Highlights: Verstappen leads Russell in first-ever Miami GP practice session

Championship leader Charles Leclerc edged George Russell’s Mercedes to set the fastest time in early practice for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver rode a set of soft Pirelli tires to clinch top spot, just 0.071 seconds behind Russell, whose Mercedes featured a series of upgrades including a new low downforce rear wing, front wing and spoiler before revised.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who has won two of four races this season, topped the standings briefly but brushed the wall on a green track and spent much of the session in the garage. He was third fastest, 0.179 seconds off the pace.

Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez finished fourth, ahead of AlphaTauri leader Pierre Gasly – who is on his third internal combustion engine (with another change triggering a penalty) – with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz failing to get a soft tire time on the board after he picked up a puncture thanks to a big lock-up in Turn 1.








Running of the red bulls



Running of the red bulls



Alpha Tauri


Williams’ Alex Albon was a very impressive seventh, around a tenth of a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who had to end his race on soft tires when he got stuck in traffic.

Rounding out the top 10 were Kevin Magnussen (P9) and Daniel Ricciardo, who had a close encounter when the latter exited pit lane at the same time the Haas driver Magnussen was passing through a hot lap.

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FP1 Highlights: Miami Grand Prix

Miami’s 5.412km, 19-turn urban track provided an entertaining session, with several drivers getting caught, including Valtteri Bottas, who came through the barriers first at Turn 7 to get the red flags out.

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Lando Norris finished 11th, a fraction behind McLaren team-mate Ricciardo, with Fernando Alonso the Alpine leader in 12th. Zhou Guanyu’s second Alfa Romeo was 13th, ahead of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll’s other Aston Martin.

Alfa Romeo’s Bottas finished 17th, with Yuki Tsunoda – who cut the wall but continued – 18th for AlphaTauri as Haas’ Mick Schumacher and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi backed up the timesheets.

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