Verstappen sets the tone, Leclerc starts poorly

Verstappen sets the tone, Leclerc starts poorly

Max Verstappen set the best time in the only free practice session at the Miami GP this Friday, being faster than Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz. Charles Leclerc, who went sideways after three laps, caused a red flag and finished last in the session. The drivers now have an appointment for sprint qualifying.

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) already on the floor. The three-time world champion got off to an ideal start to the sixth round of the season, this Friday in Miami, by setting the best time in the only free practice session on the menu, this being a sprint weekend. The Dutch driver, who made the difference at the end of the session, was ahead with a best lap completed in 1’28″595 over Oscar Piastri (McLaren) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), respectively by 0″105 and 0″ 116.

George Russell (Mercedes), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri), the only driver to have achieved his best time on medium tires and not on soft tires, follow in the ranking, while the two French people from the Alpine team Esteban Ocon (9th) and Pierre Gasly (10th) close the Top 10 of this only free practice session of the weekend ahead of Daniel Ricciardo (Alpha Tauri), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Alex Albon (Williams), Guanyu Zhou (Sauber), Lando Norris (the other driver of this McLaren team who is introducing ten major new features to his car), Valterri Bottas (Sauber), Logan Sargeant (Williams), Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) and… Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).

The weekend starts badly for Leclerc

Unfortunately, the Monegasque in fact caused a red flag at the start of the session after losing control of his car on the curb (without touching the wall, fortunately, but it came close) and leaving in head to tail. The third in the World Championship standings after the first five meetings of the season will therefore approach qualifying (sprint and for Sunday’s race) with only three laps on the track. This third edition of the Miami GP could hardly have started worse for Lewis Hamilton’s future teammate. Known for not being the type to let himself get down, Leclerc should however recover very quickly.

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