Sports

Miami GP: Max Verstappen tops final practice session as Red Bull continues to impress ahead of Qualifiers


Max Verstappen established himself as the clear favorite for the Qualifiers with his impressive display in Exercise Three; Charles Leclerc finished second for Ferrari ahead of Sergio Perez; watch Miami GP Qualifiers live on Sky Sports F1 at 9pm, accumulating from 8pm

Last Updated: 06/05/23 7:12pm

Max Verstappen tops final training session for Red Bull

Max Verstappen tops final training session for Red Bull

Max Verstappen continued to set the pace at the Miami Grand Prix as he topped the final practice session before Qualifying later on Saturday.

The world championship leader aided his impressive performance in his second training session on Friday by hitting 1:27,535 to finish 0.4 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in second. two.

Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who is six points behind the Dutchman at the top of the drivers’ standings, is third.

Perez’s victories at both the Sprint and last weekend’s race in Azerbaijan have led to much talk of the title fight within Red Bull, but Verstappen appears to be in a league of his own at Miami International Autodrome.

Williams driver Alex Albon had to take evasive action on Turn 17 in P3 in Miami

Please use Chrome browser for more accessible video player

Williams driver Alex Albon had to take evasive action on Turn 17 in P3 in Miami

Williams driver Alex Albon had to take evasive action on Turn 17 in P3 in Miami

Carlos Sainz finished fourth for Ferrari, who is again considered Red Bull’s closest rival in the Qualifiers.

However, the picture behind the top 4 looks much less certain, with the rapidly evolving new surface of the track making it difficult to judge performance.

After a nightmare weekend in Azerbaijan, Alpine seems to be starting to reap the benefits of the major upgrades that have been brought to their car in Baku, with Esteban Ocon finishing ahead of teammate Pierre Gasly in position Thursday.

Esteban Ocon nearly collided with Haas' Kevin Magnussen during final practice at the Miami Grand Prix

Please use Chrome browser for more accessible video player

Esteban Ocon nearly collided with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during final practice at the Miami Grand Prix

Esteban Ocon nearly collided with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during final practice at the Miami Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas is seventh for Alfa Romeo, with Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg and Williams’ Alex Albon behind him.

Mercedes continues to struggle with 10th George Russell and 13th Lewis Hamilton, with the Silver Arrows potentially facing the challenge to reach the final section of Qualifiers.

Also, it’s worth noting that in addition to the top 10 are Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll, who are 12th and 14th respectively.

Lando Norris lost control of his McLaren but avoided major damage in P3 around the Miami International Autodrome

Please use Chrome browser for more accessible video player

Lando Norris lost control of his McLaren but avoided major damage in P3 around the Miami International Autodrome

Lando Norris lost control of his McLaren but avoided major damage in P3 around the Miami International Autodrome

The slippery surface left many riders struggling to hold onto the road, including Albon and Norris among a few who went off track.

Challenging conditions look set to ensure an intense Qualifier session, with mistakes likely to be a major factor as drivers push their cars to the limit.

There could also be additional danger from the weather, with showers forecast for possible Qualifiers at 9pm.

Miami GP Practice Three Timesheets

Driver Team Time
1) Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:27,535
2) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.406
3) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.515
4) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.590
5) Esteban Ocon high mountain +0.872
6) Pierre Gasly high mountain +0.893
7) Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +0.921
8) Nico Hulkenberg haas +0.962
9) Alex Albon Williams +1.026
10) George Russell Mercedes +1.071
11) Kevin Magnussen haas +1.072
12) Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +1.083
13) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.183
14) Lance goes for a walk Aston Martin +1.188
15) Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +1.539
16) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1,644
17) Sergeant Logan Williams +1,729
18) Oscar Piastri McLaren +1,840
19) Lando Norris McLaren +1,866
20) Nyck de Vries Alpha Tauri +1,912

The Formula 1 season continues with the Miami GP this weekend. Watch the qualifiers at 9pm on Saturday and lights out at 8:30pm on Sunday. Get sports in the sky

goznews

Goz News: Update the world's latest breaking news online of the day, breaking news, politics, society today, international mainstream news .Updated news 24/7: Entertainment, Sports...at the World everyday world. Hot news, images, video clips that are updated quickly and reliably.

Related Articles

Back to top button