FT1: It’s closing time!
That was it for the first session in Miami. The best time remains with Leclerc, behind Russell’s P2 should bring some optimism to Mercedes. Verstappen is third, Albon surprises Williams in seventh ahead of Hamilton. Here is the preview:
FT1: Leclerc strikes back
1:31.098 for the Monegasque, who regained the lead just before the end of the session. That was it ? Or do we still see a time of 1:30 here in FT1? The last minutes pass.
By the way, things are not looking so good for the German pilots at the moment. Vettel and Schumacher are on P13 and P19.
FT1: final phase
In the last 10 minutes, Verstappen clearly moved up to P1 on soft tires with a time of 1:31.350. Let’s see what others have up their sleeves. In any case, Sainz nothing at the beginning, he turned…
FT1: Let’s go!
The Alfa was removed and the road reopened. The drivers now have 16 minutes left – apart from Bottas, of course, we won’t see him again in FT1 after his departure.
Incidentally, this weekend Pirelli opted for the three intermediate compounds (C2 to C4). So you don’t have the hardest and softest tire compound out there.
FT1: Vettel protests
We take advantage of the interruption to watch a small protest from Vettel. He reacted to the latest FIA bans – and simply wore his underpants over his racing suit!
Fun action, but Ralf Schumacher says on ‘Sky’: “I find it all a bit childish. […] It’s a question of safety.” He also has advice for Vettel if he doesn’t want to do without his underwear.
“At the time, I had my underpants made from flame retardant. I sent them to the manufacturer we had there and they made them for me and that was fine,” says Schumacher.
FT1: Temperature problems
Verstappen would like to do a few more laps. But he has to stop because his car is overheating. Of course, the high temperatures here aren’t just a problem for the tyres. Let’s keep an eye open.
Meanwhile, Sainz is ahead of Leclerc: 1:32.443 for the new leader. Norris moves to P3. Correction in the meantime from the race direction: The warning was for Vettel, not for Stroll.
FT1: Warning for Stroll
We also talked about the pit entrance earlier. Stroll just got a warning for crossing the line there. Here, too, the riders are still testing their way to the limit.
Leclerc continues to lead ahead of Sainz, he has now reduced the best time to 1:32.555. Of course, we don’t have comparable values. So far everything is still very close at the front – and Mercedes is also involved.