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Miami GP: Lando Norris and Sergio Perez criticize the “punitive” conditions of the Miami circuit


Mercedes’ George Russell sets the tone in P2, a tenth ahead of Charles Leclerc; Lewis Hamilton fourth while Carlos Sainz crushes Ferrari and Max Verstappen has reliability issues at Red Bull; watch the entire Miami GP weekend live only on Sky Sports F1

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Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz picks up too much speed in Turn 13 and crashes out of P2

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz picks up too much speed in Turn 13 and crashes out of P2

Lando Norris and Sergio Perez criticized the track at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix after several drivers struggled with the surface in early practice sessions.

McLaren’s Norris took sixth place after Friday’s second session but was far from happy with the racing conditions.

“It’s extremely tricky. It’s very bumpy in some areas, which is not quite what we expected,” Norris told Sky Sports. “I think everyone expected it to be very smooth and beautiful, but it’s not.”

Karun Chandhok analyzes the action of the Miami GP Practice Two

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Karun Chandhok analyzes the action of the Miami GP Practice Two

Karun Chandhok analyzes the action of the Miami GP Practice Two

Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas spun backwards into the tire barrier at turn seven, damaging his car’s rear wing in the first practice session, while Ferrari’s Carlo Sainz crashed out at turn 14 .

“The surface is also very tricky because you disconnect anywhere and the game is pretty much over and you end up in the wall – it’s punishing, let’s say,” Norris added.

McLaren driver Lando Norris debuted this incredible basketball-themed helmet in P1 of the Miami GP

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McLaren driver Lando Norris debuted this incredible basketball-themed helmet in P1 of the Miami GP

McLaren driver Lando Norris debuted this incredible basketball-themed helmet in P1 of the Miami GP

“That’s why you’ve seen quite a few people end up in the barriers. I feel like it’s not going to be great for racing now. Those are the negatives, but the positives are that it’s not going to be great for the race now. is always a good lead.”

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez agreed with Norris’ concerns, saying: “I’m really disappointed there’s no off-line grip. It’s a shame because I think the race will be bad because of that.”

“It’s wet on that side, it’s very gravelly. The race will be difficult. I think it will be an interesting race.

“We are all in the same boat. We don’t know exactly where we are.”

Max Verstappen kicks off P1 with a light touch from the wall coming out of the chicane

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Max Verstappen kicks off P1 with a light touch from the wall coming out of the chicane

Max Verstappen kicks off P1 with a light touch from the wall coming out of the chicane

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said the drivers would have to find a way to deal with the corners. “There’s really only one line; you go off the line and there’s no grip,” he said.

“It’s going to make the race a bit tricky, but they’re finding their way and finding the balance and set-up trade-off for the kinds of corners you have here. It’s quite difficult.”

Sebastian Vettel takes Sky Sports' Martin Brundle for a test drive at the Miami circuit

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Sebastian Vettel takes Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle for a test drive at the Miami circuit

Sebastian Vettel takes Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle for a test drive at the Miami circuit

Mercedes’ George Russell topped the timesheets with the fastest lap in second practice, 0.106 seconds quicker than Ferrari’s overall leader Charles Leclerc.

Miami GP Second Practice Timesheet

Driver Team Weather
1) George Russell mercedes 1:29.938
2) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.106
3) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.212
4) Lewis Hamilton mercedes +0.241
5) Fernando Alonso Alpine +0.434
6) Lando Norris McLaren +0.597
7) Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri +0.609
8) Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +0.922
9) Esteban Ocon Alpine +0.923
10) Kevin Magnussen Haas +0.983
11) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +1.026
12) Daniel Ricardo McLaren +1.270
13) Yuki Tsunoda Alpha Tauri +1.322
14) Sebastien Vettel Aston Martin +1.455
15) Mick Schumacher Haas +1.649
16) Start the Walk Aston Martin +1.693
17) Alex Albon williams +1.772
18) Nicholas Latifi williams +2.975
19) Max Verstappen Red Bull No set time
20) Valterri Bottas Alfa Romeo No set time

The full weekend program on Sky Sports F1

Saturday May 7
2 p.m.: Series W qualifying
5:45 p.m.: Miami GP Practice Three (session starts at 6 p.m.)
7:10 p.m.: First W Series race**
8:15 p.m .: preparation for qualifying for the Miami GP
9 p.m.: Qualifying for the Miami GP*
10:45 p.m.: Ted’s qualification notebook*

Sunday May 8
3:20 p.m.: 2nd race of the W series
7 p.m.: Grand Prix Sunday: preparation for the Miami GP
8:30 p.m.: THE MIAMI GRAND PRIX*
10:30 p.m.: Checkered flag: Reaction from the Miami GP*
11:30 p.m.: Ted’s notebook*

* Simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event (simulcast of qualifying and race preparation from 8.30pm and 7.30pm respectively)
** Simultaneous broadcast on Sky Showcase




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