Pole position at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix will be decided tonight on the streets of Magic City.
Mercedes were boosted by a better performance in Florida testing, with George Russell leading FP2 after being narrowly edged out by Charles Leclerc in the opening session.
There is cautious optimism that a series of upgrades have finally fixed a number of glaring problems for the Silver Arrows after a terrible start in their builders’ latest title defense.
However, the weekend opener was somewhat disastrous for Red Bull on Friday, with Max Verstappen struggling in both sessions.
The reigning world champion is hoping for a quick fix as he tries to build on his second win of the 2022 season at Imola a fortnight ago.
Verstappen is currently trailing championship leader Leclerc by 27 points ahead of the highly anticipated Formula 1 debut in Miami.
Follow the Miami Grand Prix qualifying live with the Standard Sport blog below, including expert analysis from Matt Majendie on the track!
Championship leader Charles Leclerc dominated the opening practice of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Friday.
Leclerc covered the 19-turn, 3.36-mile (5.41-kilometre) circuit in 1 minute, 31:098 seconds in his Ferrari on the first of two looks at the specially designed course around Hard Rock Stadium. George Russell was second quickest for Mercedes, which has been slow to start this season with its new car.
Reigning F1 champion Max Verstappen finished third and followed by his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez. Verstappen and Perez are second and third in the standings behind Leclerc.
In practice two, Russell did better and topped the timing sheets for a reborn Mercedes.
Earlier this afternoon in final practice, it was Sergio Perez who came out on top, while Esteban Ocon crashed out.
How to watch qualifying
TV channel: Qualifying will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and F1, with coverage starting at 8.15pm BST, before the session starts at 9pm.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers can also tune in via the Sky Go app.
Strong points: Channel 4 will show all qualifying highlights free-to-air at 8.30am on Sunday morning.
Live Blog: You can keep up to date here with us!
Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s coverage of today’s qualifying in Miami.
The action starts at 9pm BST but we’ll bring it all to you from the paddock.