FP1: Russell heads dominant Mercedes one-two in Miami

FP1: Russell heads dominant Mercedes one-two in Miami

F1 Grand Prix, GP Miami, Miamius

Following a tough weekend in Baku two weeks in the past, Mercedes bounced again to steer the opening follow session in Miami with George Russell pipping his teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Whereas reigning world champion Max Verstappen led the vast majority of the opening session, Mercedes ended the 60-minute follow on high because of a late effort of George Russell, who led the the best way forward of group mate Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.

The drivers wanted to get used to the sweltering Miami warmth that noticed monitor temperatures attain as excessive as 51C. The preliminary a part of the session noticed Verstappen dictate the tempo with Leclerc showing his closest challenger as soon as once more, though in a exceptional distance.

Nevertheless, the Mercedes duo left it late to finish their delicate tyre runs, with Russell leaping to the highest of the timesheets with simply seconds left on the clock, ending 0.212s forward of seven-time world champion Hamilton. Russell accomplished solely 19 laps, dropping the primary part of the session as his group was compelled to hold out an entire steering rack change.

After his double pole place in Azerbaijan just some days in the past, Leclerc had a promising session, ending up third quickest behind the Mercedes duo. Verstappen set the fourth quickest time, though he went out on his delicate compound a lot sooner than his rivals with the monitor going by a major enchancment after his run.

Carlos Sainz put his Ferrari fifth forward of Alpine’s Pierre Gasly, and the Aston Martin pair of Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.

The session was red-flagged when Nico Hulkenberg crashed into the barrier at Flip 3. Regardless of the incident, the German driver’s spectacular early delicate tyre run was fast sufficient to place him ninth, forward of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.

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Purple Bull’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez took eleventh, however he was on the same programme to his teammate, rolling out on the resurfaced Miami Worldwide Autodrome sooner than his rivals.

McLaren debuted a brand new improve package deal in Baku which delivered a major step in efficiency in qualifying trim, though the group continues to be in search of for enchancment in race tempo. Within the opening Miami session, Oscar Piastri was the quickest McLaren driver following his well being issues every week in the past. The Australian took twelfth together with his teammate Lando Norris ending up sixteenth quickest.

Alfa Romeo endured one other tough session with Valtteri Bottas taking 14th whereas his Chinese language teammate Zhou Guanyu completed solely seventeenth quickest.

After ending within the high ten in Baku, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda set the 18th quickest lap time, with Florida native Logan Sargeant down in nineteenth for Williams, whereas Nyck de Vries was down on the backside of the sector.

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps163George RussellMercedes1:30.12518244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:30.337+0.212s24316Charles LeclercFerrari1:30.449+0.324s2341Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:30.549+0.424s22555Carlos SainzFerrari1:30.724+0.599s23610Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:31.104+0.979s20714Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:31.231+1.106s24818Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:31.337+1.212s24927Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:31.392+1.267s141031Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:31.542+1.417s271111Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:31.566+1.441s221281Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:31.810+1.685s241320Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:31.853+1.728s251477Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:31.902+1.777s241523Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:31.903+1.778s25164Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:31.997+1.872s231724Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:32.134+2.009s221822Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:32.169+2.044s28192Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:32.619+2.494s272021Nyck De VriesAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:34.637+4.512s10
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