In the Miami Grand Prix Free Practice 1, Max Verstappen set the early pace with a time of 1m31.054s before Nico Hulkenberg crashed his Haas at Turn 3, which resulted in a red flag. When the session resumed, Verstappen lowered his time to 1m30.549s. However, in the closing moments of the session, George Russell of Mercedes managed to beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton and secure the fastest time of the session with 1m30.125s. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came in third, while Verstappen settled for fourth place.
In Free Practice 2, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Leclerc of Ferrari went 1-2 within the first 10 minutes with times on new medium tyres that were faster than the fastest FP1 time on softs. Verstappen beat their times with 1m29.380s on mediums, before the soft tyre runs began. Verstappen then unleashed 1m28.255s, half a second faster than Norris of McLaren. Verstappen‘s time remained unbeatable throughout the session, as he produced a time of 1m27.930s, making it the fastest time of the day. Sainz finished second, with Leclerc in third place, followed by Sergio Perez of Red Bull. Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin, Norris and Hamilton completed the top 7.
Leclerc, however, had a bit of bad luck; after locking up on his first attempt on softs at the hairpin, he crashed into the barriers at Turn 7, causing a red flag and ending his session. In FP1, Verstappen had the second-fastest time, while Hamilton was third. Russell’s quickest time in that session made him the surprise package of the day.
Despite the Ferraris showing impressive pace and Verstappen topping the time sheets, there is still plenty of work left to be done for the teams ahead of the race. The drivers will continue practicing on Saturday before the qualifying session in the evening. Fans eagerly await the Miami Grand Prix on May 9th to see which driver comes out on top.