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Formula 1 Miami GP

F1 Miami GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

Friday's action from the fifth round of the 2023 Formula 1 season.

F1 heads to Miami this weekend for round five of the 2023 championship, with Max Verstappen leading the standings from team-mate Sergio Perez.

The Mexican driver won both races during the Baku sprint weekend despite Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc taking pole.

Verstappen will be hoping to repeat his win on Miami's street circuit from last year, as well as continuing Red Bull's 100% success rate so far this year. 

The weekend returns to its usual format in the US, with two free practice sessions on Friday, FP3 and qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

FP1 starts at 7pm BST on Friday, with FP2 at 10:30pm.

By: Megan White, Haydn Cobb

Summary:

  • Verstappen led FP2 for F1's Miami GP 
  • Sainz finished second, with Leclerc third despite a late crash which prompted a red flag
  • Russell topped FP1 despite missing most of the session with a steering issue

Leaderboard:

  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Sainz, Ferrari
  3. Leclerc, Ferrari
  4. Perez, Red Bull
  5. Alonso, Aston Martin
  6. Norris, McLaren
  7. Hamilton, Mercedes
  8. Stroll, Aston Martin
  9. Ocon, Alpine
  10. Albon, Williams
Status: Stopped
With that, we'll call time on our live text coverage of Friday practice in Miami. Final practice begins at 5:30pm BST tomorrow, with qualifying scheduled for 9pm BST. Until then, have a lovely rest of your Friday. Go well!
Here's the second practice report: 

https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/f1-miami-gp-verstappen-leads-fp2-as-leclerc-crashes/10465668/

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

After a 1-2 in first practice, it was a slightly underwhelming second session for Mercedes, with Hamilton seventh and Russell 15th.
Verstappen is the driver to beat once again with a best lap time of 1m27.930s to put him 0.385s up on nearest challenger Sainz. It looked to be a good session for Ferrari until Leclerc found the wall late on.
But there was still enough time for Sainz to almost trip over both McLarens, while Perez suffered a huge lock-up into Turn 1. So not the cleanest end to the session.
All those on track get at least one more flying lap in before the chequered flag marks the end of FP2. Verstappen ends it on top from Sainz.
19 F1 drivers back out on track - no prizes for guessing who is missing.
FP2 will restart at 6:26pm local time - in one minute - for four minutes of final action.
What should be a relief to Ferrari is Leclerc didn't appear to damage its new floor and diffuser in the crash.
Replays show that Leclerc caught a slide through Turn 7 but locking up his momentum takes him into the barrier. He is out of the car and all OK, but his front-right of the car is wrecked.
Uh oh! Leclerc has crashed and the red flags are out!
Ocon and Alonso have a bit of a mini-race fighting for track position in practice which draws the ire of the Spaniard.
Russell is testing out his donut skills as he runs off at Turn 11 and spins around his Mercedes to rejoin the action.
So, assuming no glory runs, Verstappen will retain top spot in second practice ahead of both Ferraris. Just as he did in last year's Miami GP.
"I think it's three wheeling through the left-hander, Turn 2," Russell reports over team radio. That's not what you want, having had that same experience in a Mini. I'm sure it is the same feeling...
After a Mercedes 1-2 in first practice, we've not seen much of them in this session. Hamilton is seventh and Russell is 17th - the latter 1.5s off the outright pace.
Tsunoda the next to lock up, this time both his fronts into Turn 1, to badly flat spot his current set of softs.
Albon can't get his Williams stopped at Turn 17 so wisely takes to the run-off to spin around and get going again. No harm done.
"That was a timely placed McLaren," Russell complains over team radio as he drifts wide through Turn 7.
Sainz is the next to challenge Verstappen's leading effort, but falls just 0.060s short to go second.
Leclerc gets a clean lap in to slot into second and cut the gap to Verstappen to 0.143s.
Verstappen goes top again with a 1m28.255s on the softs to give him nearly half a second advantage on the rest.
FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer has been down to Red Bull to check on Verstappen after he had a headrest switch having complained about his Hans helmet device.
McLaren fans will be shouting to stop the count right about now, with Norris leading a team 1-2 ahead of Piastri. Sadly, it may not last with lots of others switching to the soft tyres.
Norris goes fastest! OK, he is one of the first drivers on the softs, but still. A 1m28.741s gives him bragging rights for now.
Perez has been shown the black and white flag for crossing the line at pit entry. He'll largely be fine doing that in practice, more of a don't do it again, but in the race he'll be in hot water.