Vettel Puts Focus On Climate Change At Miami GP
Follow live Formula One coverage from the opening practice sessions at the Miami International Autodrome in Florida, ahead of the Miami Grand Prix. F1 has arrived in the United States ahead of the long-awaited inaugural Miami Grand Prix and excitement is building as the drivers take to the track for the first time.
In FP1 on Friday, Charles Leclerc – who heads into the fifth race of the season with the championship lead after two wins so far this season – posted the fastest time as Ferrari again impressed. But defending champion Max Verstappen and the Red Bulls also showed some pace, while there were finally signs of life from Mercedes as George Russell ended in P2, just 0.071s behind Leclerc.
It’s been a nightmare start to the season for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, with the seven-time world champion’s struggles reaching a new low after a 13th place finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix two weeks ago but Miami could signal the start of a revival for the Brit.
Ahead of practice, team principal Toto Wolff has said Mercedes “found several directions for improving the car” and FP2 later on Friday will provide another look as to whether that is the case.
Follow live coverage from practice at the F1 Miami Grand Prix below:
Miami Grand Prix – the heat is on
There were a few fraying tempers at various points during that first practice session. Yuki Tsunoda felt his team were being a little too busy on his radio, and Max Verstappen had this brief outburst as he became frustrated with his car getting all hot and bothered.
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 22:00
Charles Leclerc tops first Miami practice as George Russell goes second fastest
Championship leader Charles Leclerc led the way in opening practice for Sunday’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix.
Formula One is in Miami for the first time, at a 3.36-mile circuit constructed around the Hard Rock Stadium, 15 miles north of the city.
And while Leclerc, who leads Verstappen by 27 points, was the fastest out of the blocks, Mercedes will take comfort from their first showing of the weekend.
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 21:44
Lewis Hamilton to remove ear piercings for Miami Grand Prix
The latest on Lewis Hamilton’s jewelery – the Mercedes driver has removed all but a single item of jewelery, but is unable to remove a nose accessory. The FIA have granted him a two-race grace period to get it removed.
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 21:34
Miami Grand Prix
A little bit of off-track news from the week in Miami – Lawrence Stroll has confirmed that talks have been held between Audi and Aston Martin as the German car manufacturer and fellow Volkswagen-owned brand Porsche eye their 2026 entry to the grid:
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 21:22
First look at Miami
Welcome to Formula 1, Miami.
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 21:15
What the rest of the weekend looks like
Plenty more F1 action to come, starting with Free Practice 2 in just over an hour.
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 21:09
Andrew Shovlin, trackside engineer at Mercedes, on if his team are back in contention
“We’re not going to say that just yet,” Shovlin smiles to Sky Sports. “It has been an encouraging start to the weekend, we’ve got quite a few new parts on the car. It seems to be working reasonably well. The big thing here is overheating. We won’t get excited about where we are here, we know that we should have improved the car.
“We are still building up a picture of that. It’s not the issue that it was in Imola. This is not an easy car to position and set-up at the moment.
“The rear wing is a more efficient wing than the one we have been running. Obviously getting into Q3 is a minimum expectation for this team. We know we have a long road to climb and we are just trying to do that step by step. “
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 20:58
Miami Grand Prix
Quite a lot of distance between partners after FP1. There was definitely a sense that some drivers were struggling to adjust to a new circuit. There are a few really tricky corners, which won’t be straightforward come the more serious stuff tomorrow and Sunday.
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 20:52
Post FP1 thoughts
“Without doubt,” says Martin Brundle Sky Sports on if Mercedes may be able to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull this weekend. “There are much faster and closer than they have been this year.
“It is honestly quite smooth. I think teams are starting to get on top of [the porpoising] now. This reminds me a bit of Jeddah. You’ve got a high speed, normal circuit in a street environment. It’s got technical aspects. The drivers are going to have to keep their cars on the road. I think we are going to see a lot of unforced errors during the weekend. “
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 20:41
Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Final Standings
Leclerc from Russell from Verstappen. Mighty intriguing.
Harry Latham-Coyle6 May 2022 20:36