At the Miami International Autodrome, Charles Leclerc was the fastest man in the run-up to the F1 Grand Prix of Miami. After the first free practice, the Ferrari driver was unbeatable in a time of 1:31.098 for George Russell, who was ahead of Max Verstappen in his Mercedes.
It was immediately busy on the track after the start of the first free practice in Miami. Mick Schumacher was the first driver to take action on the tarmac, but Lance Stroll quickly set the fastest time in 1:39.513. This did not last long when Max Verstappen started training. The Dutchman improved the time of the Frenchman and was in the lead in 1:36.099 seconds.
This did not stop the Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc was busy with a fast lap, but came a little short on Carlos Sainz. It was a penny change between the teammates of which Leclerc was the fastest man in the first fifteen minutes in 132,949. After 15 minutes, the top three was completed with George Russell taking over the second fastest time from Sainz while Lewis Hamilton followed behind Verstappen’s RB18.
With the first 20 minutes almost up, Sergio Perez positioned himself at the top of the field with a new fastest time. The Mexican did this in 1:32.759 and was 2 tenths faster than Leclerc. Just like in the initial phase of the practice session, the Ferrari drivers changed positions again. Leclerc and Sainz thus increasingly shaved off the fastest time that was now behind the Spaniard’s name in 1:32.443 with just over half an hour to go.
Land Noris had now moved up to P3 with Sergio Perez behind him. Russell closed the top 5 at the expense of Alpine driver Fernando Alonso. A few minutes later when Lewis Hamilton shot to P2 in his Mercedes, a code red was given due to an Alfa Romeo standing still in the wall. It concerned Valtteri Bottas who lost the rear of his car at Turn 7. The Finn was fine, but his Alfa was not, which nevertheless suffered some damage in the crash.
The track was released with 15 minutes left on the clock. While Carlos Sainz narrowly missed the wall at the exit of Turn 5 and punctured. Verstappen improved the fastest time of the moment to 1:31.350 as the Spaniard entered the pits. Williams driver Alex Albon in turn climbed to P2 ahead of George Russell. However, the Briton was able to improve and passed Albon. The difference between Russell and Verstappen was a tenth of a second. Sainz who had escaped unscathed closed the top 5 behind Pierre Gasly.
In the last few minutes of the first free practice, Charles Leclerc took over the fastest time from Max Verstappen and recorded 1:31.098. Russell also accelerated and passed the Dutchman who now dropped back to P3. With this score, the session came to an end and it was time to prepare for the second free practice session.
Results first free practice Grand Prix of Miami 2022