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2024 Miami Grand Prix Sprint qualifying report and highlights: Verstappen claims pole in Miami Sprint Qualifying ahead of Leclerc and Perez

SQ2 – Mercedes suffers a double exit

Magnussen was the first to take to the track at the start of the 10 minutes of SQ2, after a good session from the Dane in SQ1. Drivers again used mandatory medium tires for this segment of Sprint qualifying.

Most of the remaining 15 drivers seemed keen to put some fast opening laps on the board and, while Perez led the way as the time ticked down to five minutes, Norris was then quickest of all with a lap of 1’27’ ‘597.

Ricciardo – driving an RB sporting a special “chameleon” livery this weekend – reported contact with the wall, but the Australian’s car appears to have escaped unscathed. All eyes then turned to those who risked reaching the elimination zone as the final minutes approached.

Verstappen joined the fray late in the session and placed fourth on his only flying lap, while the Mercedes duo were among those expected to improve. Ultimately, neither Russell nor Hamilton made it, leaving them in P11 and P12 respectively, and Hamilton – who clipped the wall on his knees – was also noted for a pit lane infraction.

Other drivers who failed to qualify were Ocon 13th, Magnussen 14th and Tsunoda 15th, with the RB driver apparently making an error on his only flying lap.

Eliminated: Russell, Hamilton, Ocon, Magnussen, Tsunoda

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