FT3: red flag
The track remains difficult: Magnussen spins in turn 17. He can continue however and a break is not necessary. But such incidents could of course play a trick later in qualifying.
I shouldn’t have written about it: now Ocon takes off – and this time there’s a red flag.
Yesterday, Russell was the only driver with a lap time of less than 1:30. The Mercedes driver recorded a time of 1:29.938 in FT2. As usual, we won’t see the best times until the end of the session.
Verstappen currently leads with a 1:34.037. So irrelevant and pushed on the mids. It’s more about making up for lost miles since FT2.
FT3: Let’s go!
No surprise: as we predicted, Verstappen, Bottas and Sainz are among the drivers who will take to the track immediately. Usually there are enough people right away. On the one hand, of course, it has to do with the fact that Miami is a new course.
And the drivers want to take advantage of this time to get to know the track better. On the other hand, all the drivers lost time yesterday because of the red flags. Ten of the 20 runners were already on the tracks. It’s sometimes completely different in FT3!
FT3: Open the session ticker now!
It’s about to start with FT3 and you know the game: here at this stage there is only the most important information, images and voices for the next 60 minutes. You can get the full coverage in our session ticker with Stefan Ehlen.
Incidentally, at Ferrari it looks like they are working on the rear wing and will drive with a little less downforce. In return, you would be a little faster on the straights.
Formula 1 only reports a 20% chance of rain for FT3. But this is not particularly surprising, as it is currently expected that the rain will not come before qualifying.
The temperatures are very similar to yesterday: the air temperature is 32.8 degrees, the asphalt is 48.4 degrees. It’s not comfortable in the car…
Watches: Drivers risk a fine of 250,000 euros
And the jewelery case continues: drivers have been told that the ban in Formula 1 has been extended to include watches. Violations of the rules can lead to fines of up to 250,000 euros – and even the deduction of World Cup points.
All backgrounds are here!
FT3: drivers must catch up
The third training session starts in less than 30 minutes. As a rule, FT3 is not the most spectacular session of a weekend. But several drivers still have some catching up to do.
As a reminder: Bottas was unable to drive in FT2 after his crash in FT1, Verstappen only managed one lap with hydraulic problems and FT2 ended early for Sainz after his crash.
Asphalt renewed again
The asphalt on curves 7 and 17 was renewed on Friday evening. And in the night leading up to today’s Saturday, Turn 17 was filled again.
In addition, the curbs at the entrance to the pit have been removed and replaced with bollards. This should somewhat reduce the risk of possible accidents.
Horner: Monaco would not be on the calendar today
It’s about whether circuits like Monaco next to Miami and Co. still have a future in Formula 1. The Red Bull team boss clarifies that Monaco would have no chance of appearing on the calendar these days .
The race pays the lowest fees, there are no overruns and the history of the race is the only reason the GP is still on the calendar today. This is also where the PK ends.
Horner: Liberty should pay for Andretti
It’s about Andretti’s planned entry into Formula 1. Horner says the big question ultimately is how the money split will change if an eleventh team is added in the future.
He believes that the ten existing teams should not give up a piece of the pie. We can’t expect that. So if Liberty wanted an 11th team, they would have to pay for it out of pocket.
Ferrari tire test
The subject returns to the second round PK. Steiner says he “agrees” with Ferrari’s acquittal by the FIA. However, he does not know any details.
Horner explains that it is the FIA’s job to monitor these issues. Because you need to prevent tire testing from becoming aero testing in the future.
This is particularly important this year because the cars are still very new. This could give the teams an advantage that the inventor is not in mind.
Horner: Happy with Perez
Part 2 of the PK begins, now Christian Horner, Günther Steiner and Frederic Vasseur are on stage. The Red Bull team boss is asked about the future of Perez, whose contract expires at the end of the year.
“Checo has done a great job,” he said, adding that the new car suits him much better than last year. “Everyone in the team is very happy with the work that Checo is doing,” said Horner.
However, it is still too early to talk about his future. There were only four of the 23 races.
Brown: No Miami GP without Netflix
Strong statement from the boss of McLaren, intended to underline the importance of the Netflix documentary for Formula 1, especially in the USA. In his opinion, there would be no Miami GP without Drive to Survive.
Netflix helped Formula 1 open its doors in the United States. Of course, it is not possible to verify if he is right with this thesis. The thing is, Miami has been interested in a GP since at least 2017.
The first season of Netflix was released in 2019.
This topic comes back. Wolff says a “dialogue” between Hamilton and the FIA was important. He can understand both sides, because the rules are there to protect the drivers.
On the other hand, it is about self-determination and free personal development of pilots. “We know it’s important for Lewis,” Wolff recalled. But it is sure that the two parties will find a solution.
Wolff takes the FIA to task
This is the Ferrari tire test at Imola, which made big waves yesterday. “I haven’t followed it in detail,” says Wolff, who however clarifies that the FIA needs to have such things under control.
“If the FIA hasn’t followed that 100%, then I’m sure they will now,” Wolff said. Brown adds that “full transparency” is needed on these issues. And he trusts the FIA.
Rossi: had a lot of bad luck
We’ll come back to the ticker with the team leaders’ PK, which started a few minutes ago. In part 1, we welcome Zak Brown, Toto Wolff and Laurent Rossi. The latter agrees that Alonso has had a lot of bad luck so far this year.
Alonso himself said it was his best start to the season since 2012. Rossi agrees, saying he feels Alonso is fourth in the World Championship because he leads every race. In reality, however, he is only on P15.
He just had a lot of bad luck.