Subscribe

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe
Qualifying report

F1 Miami GP: Verstappen beats Leclerc to sprint race pole

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen beat Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc in sprint qualifying for Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix, as Lando Norris’s early form for McLaren disappeared at the session’s end.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB20

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Norris had led SQ1 and SQ2, with a time in the middle segment that would have been good enough to top SQ3, but on the switch to the soft tyres for the final segment he fell out of contention on the red-walled rubber – the Briton particularly paying for losing 0.8s tenths compared to Verstappen in the opening sector.

Verstappen’s sprint race pole-clinching lap was not perfect as he had to wrestle his RB20 through the tight chicane at the end of the final sector, but he nevertheless posted a 1m27.641s that was good enough to clinch the top spot.

Leclerc slotted into second just over a 0.1s adrift in second – an impressive turnaround after he missed most of practice following his early spin and clutch issue.

Sergio Perez finished third in the other Red Bull ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who escaped whacking the Turn 16 exit wall in SQ2.

This was something Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso had done in the opening segment, before he finished the session down in eighth behind Carlos Sainz, Oscar Piastri and Lance Stroll in the other AMR24.

In the end, Norris was only able to beat Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg, despite sealing the quickest times in the final two sectors in qualifying – his gap from the first sector enough to keep him from bothering Verstappen.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL38

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL38

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

In SQ2, which like SQ1 had the drivers circulating on the medium tyres throughout, Mercedes had both its cars dumped out, with George Russell heading Lewis Hamilton in 11th and 12th – the latter striking the wall exiting Turn 16 onto the main straight on his final lap.

Behind came Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and Yuki Tsunoda (RB), who along with Verstappen and Norris only completed one flying lap in the middle segment.

In SQ1, Alex Albon’s last-gasp improvement still was not enough to get him out of the elimination zone, before it was revealed his climb from last place to 16th owed plenty to him cutting the chicane.

Albon duly had his time deleted and he fell to foot of the standings, behind fellow fallers Pierre Gasly, Zhou Guanyu, Valtteri Bottas and Logan Sargeant, who therefore led the way in a qualifying session for the first time as Albon’s Williams team-mate.

Bottas faces a post-session investigation for nearly colliding with Piastri at Turn 1 towards the end of SQ1, with the Sauber driver unaware of the McLaren’s fast approach to the right hander when on a slow lap while Piastri was on a flying effort.

Hamilton will also have a post-session stewards hearing due to a possible Mercedes pits infringement during SQ2, while a host of drivers are under investigation for apparently not following the race director’s instruction regarding going too slowly on out-laps, which usually results in no sanctions being dished out.

F1 Miami GP - Sprint qualifying results

   
1
 - 
3
   
   
1
 - 
2
   
Cla Driver # Chassis Engine Time km/h
1 Netherlands M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull

1'27.641

222.306
2 Monaco C. Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari

+0.108

1'27.749

222.033
3 Mexico S. Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull

+0.235

1'27.876

221.712
4 Australia D. Ricciardo RB 3 RB Red Bull

+0.403

1'28.044

221.289
5 Spain C. Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari

+0.462

1'28.103

221.141
6 Australia O. Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes

+0.520

1'28.161

220.995
7 Canada L. Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 Aston Martin Mercedes

+0.734

1'28.375

220.460
8 Spain F. Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes

+0.778

1'28.419

220.350
9 United Kingdom L. Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes

+0.831

1'28.472

220.218
10 Germany N. Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari

+0.835

1'28.476

220.208
11 United Kingdom G. Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes

+0.702

1'28.343

220.540
12 United Kingdom L. Hamilton Mercedes 44 Mercedes Mercedes

+0.730

1'28.371

220.470
13 France E. Ocon Alpine 31 Alpine Renault

+0.738

1'28.379

220.450
14 Denmark K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 20 Haas Ferrari

+0.973

1'28.614

219.865
15 Japan Y. Tsunoda RB 22 RB Red Bull

 

 
16 France P. Gasly Alpine 10 Alpine Renault

+1.544

1'29.185

218.458
17 China Z. Guanyu Sauber 24 Sauber Ferrari

+1.626

1'29.267

218.257
18 Finland V. Bottas Sauber 77 Sauber Ferrari

+1.719

1'29.360

218.030
19 United States L. Sargeant Williams 2 Williams Mercedes

+1.910

1'29.551

217.565
20 Thailand A. Albon Williams 23 Williams Mercedes

+2.217

1'29.858

216.822

Be part of the Autosport community

Join the conversation
Previous article Brown: Newey won't be last domino to fall at Red Bull F1 team
Next article 2024 F1 Miami GP sprint qualifying results: Verstappen takes pole

Top Comments

There are no comments at the moment. Would you like to write one?

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe