F1: Leclerc fastest for Ferrari in opening Miami GP practice

On a hot sun filled day in southern Florida that saw many drivers go off track learning their way around the still green Miami GP circuit, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc led opening practice over a surprise resurgent Mercedes in the hands of their best driver, George Russell.

Leclerc’s time of 1m31.098s was just 0.071s faster than Russell as Mercedes appears to have solved their porpoising problem to a large extent.

The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were 3rd and 4th 0.179s and 0.203s behind the Ferrari.

Pierre Gasly rounded out the top-5 for AlphaTauri.

Do not put a lot of weight in these times just yet.  The track is green and the teams are still tuning their cars.

Miami delivered the excitement however,  a green track catching a few out, notably Bottas who lost some running after crunching his rear wing into the barriers down at Turn 7. But there will be a few happy faces too, with Russell impressing in second and Gasly one to watch in fifth. And how about Albon in P7?

Early days, but the signs are that the upgrades are working for the Silver Arrows. Hamilton had a proud record on American soil, while Russell is the only driver to finish in the top five at every race this season. Could they? The fans will be starting to believe.

Practice 1 Results

1 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m31.098s
2 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m31.169s
3 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m31.277s
4 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Bull Racing 1m31.301s
5 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m31.498s
6 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m31.528s
7 Alexander Albon THA Williams Racing 1m31.854s
8 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m31.956s
9 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team 1m32.559s
10 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m32.592s
11 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m32.615s
12 Fernando Alonso ESP BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m32.884s
13 Guanyu Zhou CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen 1m33.020s
14 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m33.024s
15 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m33.417s
16 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m33.576s
17 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen 1m33.773s
18 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m34.043s
19 Mick Schumacher GER Haas F1 Team 1m34.945s
20 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m35.637s


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