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Practice report

F1 Miami GP: Verstappen leads FP2 as Leclerc crashes

Max Verstappen was fastest in Formula 1's second Miami Grand Prix practice session, which was interrupted towards the end after Charles Leclerc's Turn 7 crash.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

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The Ferraris were the first to break into the 1m31s at the opening of the session, Carlos Sainz posting a 1m31.787s before he was shaded by Leclerc by three tenths in the initial runs.

This was still well over a second slower than George Russell's benchmark from FP1, although Perez eventually brought the pace closer with his 1m30.757s, but this was eclipsed by Verstappen's 1m30.146s.

Sainz posted a 1m30.128s, three thousandths of a second shy of Russell's 1m30.125s from FP1, but Leclerc then broke the 90-second barrier with a 1m29.497s to vault to the top of the timing boards.

Verstappen got closer to the Monegasque, falling just a tenth shy on his next effort as he struggled with his headrest catching on his helmet, but another tilt pushed him to the top with a 1m29.380s.

That initial flurry of runs was primarily conducted on the medium tyre, and the McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri raised the stakes on their opening laps on the soft rubber.

Norris punched in a 1m28.741s, which withstood a siege as the headline time for a fair portion of the soft-tyre runs, as Piastri was six tenths shy on his first effort.

Fernando Alonso and Sainz then took turns in the runner-up spot, but Norris was able to continue to defend top spot - particularly as a Leclerc lock-up denied him a chance to capitalise on a purple middle sector and wrest control of the session from Norris.

Verstappen then ended Norris' run at the top with a 1m28.255s, logging the best sector two time, although Sainz came close to dispatching his former Toro Rosso team-mate - missing out by 0.06s.

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23

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The Dutchman raised the bar and clocked in a 1m27.930s, sitting on top as the session progressed into the long-run phases for the last 20 minutes of the session.

To the frustration of the engineers tasked with poring over the data, the long runs were interrupted 10 minutes from the end when Leclerc smeared his Ferrari into the wall at Turn 7, tattooing the track surface with skidmarks as the rear wheels locked.

This precipitated a five-minute delay as Leclerc's car was rescued, although the session ultimately resumed for a last-gasp attempt to collect long-run data.

Leclerc, who was handed a new gearbox prior to the session, ultimately remained third fastest behind Verstappen and Sainz. Baku winner Perez placed fourth - almost half a second behind his Red Bull team-mate at the close of the session.

Alonso was up to fifth having overcome Norris' rapid first attempt on the soft tyres, as the Briton landed sixth fastest as McLaren's Baku update package appeared to pay further dividends in Miami.

Lewis Hamilton overcame a number of wide moments at the fiddly Turn 14-15 chicane to finish seventh overall, just under a tenth faster than Lance Stroll, as Esteban Ocon and Alex Albon completed the top 10.

After a spin at Turn 14 that progressed into narrowly missing the wall, Kevin Magnussen largely kept his car out of the wall to finish 12th fastest, a smidgen behind Pierre Gasly.

FP1 leader Russell was only 15th fastest after coming across traffic on his hot lap on softs, and complained of the car "three-wheeling" through Turn 2 as he struggled for pace.

F1 Miami GP FP2 results:

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Time Gap Interval
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Red Bull 1'27.930    
2 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari Ferrari 1'28.315 0.385 0.385
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 1'28.398 0.468 0.083
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull Red Bull 1'28.419 0.489 0.021
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Mercedes 1'28.660 0.730 0.241
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1'28.741 0.811 0.081
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1'28.858 0.928 0.117
8 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1'28.930 1.000 0.072
9 France Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1'28.937 1.007 0.007
10 Thailand Alex Albon Williams Mercedes 1'29.046 1.116 0.109
11 France Pierre Gasly Alpine Renault 1'29.098 1.168 0.052
12 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1'29.171 1.241 0.073
13 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'29.181 1.251 0.010
14 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'29.189 1.259 0.008
15 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes Mercedes 1'29.216 1.286 0.027
16 Australia Oscar Piastri McLaren Mercedes 1'29.339 1.409 0.123
17 Germany Nico Hulkenberg Haas Ferrari 1'29.393 1.463 0.054
18 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Red Bull 1'29.613 1.683 0.220
19 Netherlands Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri Red Bull 1'29.928 1.998 0.315
20 United States Logan Sargeant Williams Mercedes 1'30.038 2.108 0.110

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