George Russell has set the fastest lap time of the second free practice session of the Miami Grand Prix.
The racing action at the Miami International Autodrome continued on Friday afternoon with FP2.
Several drivers rushed to get out of their garages to complete laps at the new race track. The Medium tire compound was the optimal choice in the opening minutes of the session.
Valtteri Bottas was forced to miss the practice as his car had to be repaired following the crash in FP1.
Sergio Perez had a spin just over 10 minutes into the session. He did not damage the car and kept going. A couple of minutes later, Carlos Sainz spun as well. However, he hit a barrier and severely damaged the car. The session was over for him and the red flag was brought out.
FP2 was resumed with 31 minutes left on the clock and the drivers started working with Soft tires.
Misfortune also struck Max Verstappen. The Dutchman reported to the team that he had issues with steering. Shortly after, his right rear brake caught fire and he had to come back to the pits.
Traffic was a concern for everyone – numerous flying lap attempts had to be aborted because of it.
The session was red-flagged once again after Nicholas Latifi had stopped right outside the track.
After the red flag, the drivers were doing race simulations, so there were no lap time improvements.
George Russell topped the standings of FP2. Charles Leclerc was second, while Perez completed the top 3.