Charles Leclerc has topped the first practice session of the Miami GP in Florida.
The first practice session for the Miami Grand Prix went underway on Friday and drivers began getting a feel around the track, with many facing difficulties through some corners.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was the first of the pack to round the track at a reasonably competitive time, in 1:32.759s, but was later beaten by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz by only 0.080s.
A close call in the pits between George Russell and Esteban Ocon happened as the latter was left out of his box right when the Mercedes was going past it.
Halfway through the session, Sainz kept leading but with his teammate, Charles Leclerc behind by a gap of over .100s. The Monegasque struggled through turn 1 of the circuit multiple times. Meanwhile, the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton placed 8th while his teammate Russell in 5th.
The red flag was out with 25 minutes to go as Valtteri Bottas crashed his Alfa Romeo at the outside of turns 7 and 8. Damage was shown on the rear part of the car. At the same time, Hamilton had improved his performance and placed 2nd behind Sainz.
A few minutes later the session resumed and it was Carlos Sainz who spun around and had to go back to the pits due to mechanical issues.
Alexander Albon made a surprise appearance at the top of the charts as he placed 2nd with 10 minutes to go, behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen who placed first.
In the end, it was Charles Leclerc on top in the timing charts with George Russell in second and Max Verstappen third.