Miami – EL1: Verstappen in the right direction, Leclerc in the wrong

Max Verstappen was slow to show the timing potential of his Red Bull, but he set the best time on the gong ahead of Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz. Charles Leclerc made a mistake.

Published on 03/05/2024 à 19:45

Jeremy Satis

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Miami – EL1: Verstappen in the right direction, Leclerc in the wrong

Max Verstappen, fastest in Miami. © Florent Gooden / DPPI

  • It was the only free practice session of the weekend, and it was highly important as such. Charles Leclerc will not have benefited from it. After only six minutes on the track, he spun at turn 16, under the motorway bridge. The Monegasque, who had hard white tires, fortunately did not touch anything. But due to the narrowness of the track there, Leclerc was never able to get back upright to start again. His engineers eventually asked him to turn off the engine, due to the risk of overheating. The driver of the No. 16 will therefore take part in the sprint qualification with a single flying lap completed on the hard rubber.

  • While most of the drivers worked for 45 minutes on the hard compound (apart from a few on mediums, including the two Red Bull and both Mercedes), the transition to soft rubber smiled on Max Verstappen at the end of the session, since the Dutchman set the best time ahead Oscar piastri et Carlos Sainz. Five different cars are in the first five places since George Russell and Lance stroll close the top 5 by less than 2/10ths.
  • Note, however, that it was not a smooth session for the Batavian. Super Max complained a lot about a chronic lack of grip, and even pulled straight after a wheel lockup in the penultimate corner of the circuit. He then managed to set the record straight on the red rubber.
  • McLaren, which brings no less than 10 new features to Miami, for its part experienced some problems in EL1. Lando Norris indeed experienced a problem with power steering asymmetry, “independent of the contribution of developments” Woking said, and will try to remedy this before the sprint qualification. This explains Lando Norris’ 16th place.
  • Good news for Alpine with the presence ofEsteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly in the top 10. The two Normans are 9th and 10th, having certainly benefited from a lap on the gong. The gap (half a second) is nevertheless reassuring for the French single-seaters, both benefiting from the developments made in China on Ocon's car.
  • See you this Friday evening at 22:30 p.m. French time for the sprint qualification, the report of which you can find on autohebdo.fr.

Jeremy Satis

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