Charles Leclerc took pole position at the Miami GP. Ferrari won the front row, killing Red Bull’s nose. Max Verstappen has to settle for only third place.
Press material / Ferrari / Picture: Charles Leclerc
Formula 1’s chaotic training ahead of the Miami GP made it difficult to identify the qualifying favorite on the circuit around Hard Rock Stadium. Especially since the drivers are constantly learning the racing thread of the newly built facility. Meanwhile, fans may have wondered if Red Bull Racing would beat Ferrari and Mercedes try to keep up with the two fastest teams in F1.
The Q1 course already showed that the Brackley team had not undergone a metamorphosis, despite George Russell’s best time in one of Friday’s F1 practice sessions. Suffice it to say that Lewis Hamilton was only 18 years old at one point in the first part of the time trial. It was only on the occasion of his final run that Hamilton was given the time that earned him promotion to Q2.
Minutes later, Russell had cause for complaint. The 24-year-old was unable to make it to Q3 and expressed frustration towards the end of his run. The other Mercedes driver did not bite his tongue and immediately said what he thought of the constantly bouncing W13 model.
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After Q1 and Q2, you might get the impression that Charles Leclerc is closer to pole position as it was the Ferrari driver who was the best in both segments of the time trial, leaving Max Verstappen in the beaten field. However, the current F1 world champion would not give up easily.
It was Verstappen who set the time of 1:28.991 at the start of Q3, which was beyond the reach of his rivals. Leclerc was 0.064 seconds behind the Netherlands after the first stint.
When the final run took place, the current F1 standings leader set a record time – 1:28.796. For example, the Ferrari leader took the first pole in the history of the Miami GP. Carlos Sainz also did well, 0.190 seconds behind the teammate, but it was enough for a second result. In this way, the Spaniard will be an obstacle for Max Verstappen at the start of Sunday’s F1 race.
F1 – Miami GP – Qualification – Results:
|1.||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||1:28.796||1: 29.130||1:29.474|
|2.||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari||+0.190||1: 29.729||1: 30.079|
|3.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+0.195||1: 29.202||1:29.836|
|4.||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing||+0.240||1:29.673||1: 30.055|
|5.||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+0.679||1: 29.751||1: 30.845|
|6.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+0.829||1:29.797||1: 30.388|
|7.||Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri||+0.894||1: 30.128||1: 30.779|
|8.||Lando Norris||McLaren||+0.954||1: 29.634||1: 30.761|
|9.||Yuki Tsunoda||Alpha Tauri||+1.136||1: 30.031||1: 30.485|
|10.||Lance Walk||Aston Martin||+1,880||1: 29,996||1: 30.441|
|11.||Fernando Alonso||alpine||1: 30.160||1: 30.407|
|12.||George Russell||Mercedes||1: 30.173||1: 30,490|
|13.||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1: 30.214||1: 30.677|
|14.||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||1: 30.310||1: 30.583|
|15.||Mick Schumacher||Hare||1: 30.423||1: 30.645|
|16.||Kevin Magnussen||Hare||1: 30.975|
|17.||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo||1: 31.020|
|18.||Alexander Albon||Williams||1: 31.266|
|19.||Nicholas Latific||Williams||1: 31.325|
|20.||Esteban Ocon||alpine||no time|
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