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Live: F1 Miami GP commentary and updates – FP2

Minute-by-minute updates on Friday practice for the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix at the Miami International Autodrome.

Live: F1 Miami GP commentary and updates – FP2

Build-up to the inaugural Miami GP has been non-stop this week but finally track action gets underway, as F1 reverts to its traditional weekend format having run its first sprint race of the season last time out at Imola.

Charles Leclerc leads the F1 drivers’ standings by 27 points from Max Verstappen following the Dutch driver’s domination at the Emilia Romagna GP two weeks ago, as Ferrari heads the teams’ standings by 11 points from Red Bull.

While teams and drivers will be getting to grips with a brand new circuit, a range of upgrades are expected to be on show during practice as teams push on with the development with the new regulation cars.

Opening practice for the Miami GP gets underway at 7.30pm BST (2.30pm local time), followed by qualifying which starts at 10.30pm BST (5.30pm local time).

By: Haydn Cobb, Lewis Duncan, Megan White

Summary

Summary
  • FP2 for F1's Miami Grand Prix has finished
  • Russell led from Leclerc and Perez
  • Verstappen suffered issues after undergoing precautionary gearbox change
  • Session red flagged after Sainz crashes at Turn 14
  • FP3 takes place at 18:00 BST on Saturday
Leaderboard
  1. Russell, Mercedes
  2. Leclerc, Ferrari 
  3. Perez, Red Bull
  4. Hamilton, Mercedes
  5. Alonso, Alpine
  6. Norris, McLaren
  7. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  8. Zhou, Alfa Romeo
  9. Ocon, Alpine
  10. Magnussen, Haas
Status: Stopped
That's all from today's action. Join us again tomorrow from 18:00 BST for FP3.
Read the full F1 Miami GP FP2 report here 
His Ferrari team-mate Sainz was 11th at the end of FP2 following his crash, with Ricciardo, Tsunoda, Vettel, Schumacher, Stroll, Albon, Latifi, Verstappen and Bottas.

Both Verstappen and Bottas did not set times.
Leclerc said to his team a moment ago that "the engine is doing something weird into Turn 13/14."
The Mercedes driver leads the field by 0.106s from Leclerc and Perez. Hamilton was fourth in the sister Mercedes ahead of Alonso, Norris, Gasly, Zhou, Ocon and Magnussen.
The chequered flag is out to bring FP2 to an end and it's George Russell who ends Friday fastest.
Magnussen's spin was very similar to Bottas' from FP1; ran wide onto the kerb and lost the rear. Vettel has also had a spin elsewhere on track.
Magnussen has had a spin at Turn 7, but has got going again.
Unlikely we'll see any changes to the timesheets through to the chequered flag as most appear to be carrying a heavier fuel load for the final few minutes of running.
And the culprit for that yellow flag - Sergio Perez. He ran off into Turn 10 trying to overtake Vettel.
Unsurprisingly, Verstappen's problems were down to a hydraulics issue.
There was a brief yellow flag in sector two but it was quickly removed. Not sure what that was for.
Verstappen is now out of his car, so with 10 minutes to go that's session over.
Session is back underway after the brief stoppage.
The cable cars over the circuit are giving off real Where Eagles Dare vibes, just with a bit less snow. They had a great view of Latifi's stricken Williams.
The Williams driver says something felt weird with the balance and lost drive. The session has been red-flagged.
Latifi has stopped on track.
Sainz's crash has seen him dropped out of the top 10 in 11th, with Ricciardo, Vettel, Tsunoda, Schumacher, Stroll, Albon, Latifi, Verstappen and Bottas - the latter two without any times on the board.
Just under 20 minutes to go and its Russell from Leclerc and Perez at the top of the standings. Hamilton is fourth from Alonso, Norris, Gasly, Zhou, Ocon, Magnussen.
Russell has put the Mercedes top of the times with a 1m29.938s on soft rubber.
A replay of the incident showed Stroll narrowly avoiding a slow Verstappen into Turn 16 as the Red Bull struggled to steer his car.
The Stewards placed an incident between Verstappen and Stroll under an investigation, but have elected to take no further action.
Meanwhile, Leclerc has gone fastest on a time attack lap on softs with a 1m30.044s.
Verstappen is back in pitlane but his rear brakes on the way in were on fire.
Verstappen says he "couldn't steer" as he crawls back to pitlane.
But just as Verstappen gets out, he's told "fail one" on his steering wheel and to return to pitlane.
Verstappen is heading out on track. Team boss Christian Horner says Perez's team helped during the red flag to get the world champion's car ready to go. Team work makes the dream work, etc.
The session is back underway with just over half an hour to go.
Session will resume at 17:59 local time, which is in about a minute's time.
I'm not sure what looks worse: the crash damage on Sainz's Ferrari, or the fake marina with a 'water' effect straight out of a Playstation 2 game.
A replay has shown how tricky it is to find traction through that section where Sainz crashed, as Gasly got a bit of a slide on through Turn 12.
Meanwhile at Red Bull, it's all hands on deck to get Verstappen's car ready to go out.
That's a bit of a nightmare for Sainz following his Imola DNF. He'll have a lot of work to do in FP3 tomorrow to catch up on the time he'll lose now.
Sainz lost the rear into Turn 14 and went into the barriers backwards. He's out of the car now.
Sainz has crashed and has brought out the red flag.
Perez splits the Ferraris with a 1m31.029s in his Red Bull, with no laps on the board yet for team-mate Verstappen.
With 15 minutes of the session gone, Sainz leads a Ferrari 1-2 ahead of Leclerc with Pierre Gasly, Zhou Guanyu, Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris, Alexa Albon, Fernando Alonso, George Russell and Daniel Ricciardo completing the top 10.
Sainz has gone fastest again with a 1m30.964s, putting him 0.167s clear of Leclerc as a piece of Kevin Magnussen's Haas has broken off on track during his last lap.
Sergio Perez has had an off at Turn 7. Wide through the corner like Albon was a few minutes ago, the rear of the Red Bull was pitched into a spin on the exit of the corner.
Charles Leclerc in the sister Ferrari has gone fastest now with a 1m31.131s on the medium tyre.