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Max fourth fastest in Miami FP1

Published on 05 May 2023 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen clocked the fourth quickest time in the opening practice session of the Miami Grand Prix. Mercedes were quickest with George Russell outpacing team mate Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc completed the top three in his Ferrari. Max’ Oracle Red Bull Racing team mate Sergio Perez finished FP1 in eleventh. 

As expected, the ambient temperatures in Florida are around 30 degrees Celsius, leading to track temperatures in the high forties. The heat does not stop the drivers venturing out on track. At the start of the session, it is busy with Fernado Alonso’s Aston Martin being the first car to exit the pit lane. 

Max, whose RB19 sports a new livery exclusively for the Miami GP, is one of the first drivers to clock a lap. His opening effort propels him to P1. The reigning champion continues to lap the Miami street circuit and improves his lap times. Twenty minutes in, Max returns back to the pits to review the opening third of session, whilst still topping the timing sheets 

At the halfway mark, Nico Hulkenberg is a surprising pace setter after clocking the fastest lap thus far. The German does so with soft Pirellis bolted onto his Haas. Soon after, Max heads out for his first timed effort on the softs and goes to the top of the leader boards. To make matters worse for Hulkenberg, the Haas driver spins and ends up in the wall, causing a red flag.  

With eighteen minutes on the clock, the session resumes with both Red Bulls first out on track. Max continues to better his lap time and extends the gap to Hulkenberg and third-placed Sergio Perez. Nevertheless, the Dutchman has to settle for fourth place at the end of FP1 with both Mercedes and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc lapping the streets of Miami fractionally quicker in the closing stages.

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Results first free practice Miami:

1George RussellRUSMercedes1:30.125 17
2Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:30.337+0.212s24
3Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:30.449+0.324s22
4Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:30.549+0.424s22
5Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:30.724+0.599s22
6Pierre GaslyGASAlpine Renault1:31.104+0.979s19
7Fernando AlonsoALOAston Martin Mercedes1:31.231+1.106s24
8Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:31.337+1.212s23
9Nico HulkenbergHULHaas Ferrari1:31.392+1.267s14
10Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:31.542+1.417s26
11Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:31.566+1.441s22
12Oscar PiastriPIAMcLaren Mercedes1:31.810+1.685s23
13Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:31.853+1.728s24
14Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:31.902+1.777s23
15Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:31.903+1.778s24
16Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:31.997+1.872s23
17Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:32.134+2.009s21
18Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:32.169+2.044s27
19Logan SargeantSARWilliams Mercedes1:32.619+2.494s26
20Nyck De VriesDEVAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:34.637+4.512s10