F1 2024 Miami GP Qualifying: Highlights and timings

Follow all the action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers hit the Miami International Autodrome for Qualifying at the 2024 Miami Grand Prix


Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com blog for Qualifying at the 2024 Miami Grand Prix, coming to you from the paddock at the Miami International Autodrome as the 2024 Formula 1 season continues.

The highly anticipated F1 Miami GP 2024 is set to deliver an exhilarating weekend of racing, and that begins in earnest with Qualifying at 16:00 local time. After just one practice session to prepare, anything could happen with plenty of potential for drivers to be dumped out early if they’ve not nailed their setup.

Located at the Miami International Autodrome, the track features a dynamic 5.41 km layout with 19 corners, which include elevation changes and multiple DRS zones, promising high-speed action and strategic overtaking opportunities.

Qualifying for the 2024 Miami GP could see a serious challenge to Red Bull and Max Verstappen as Charles Leclerc showed great one-lap pace on Friday, while McLaren were also quick but couldn’t quite execute a clean run plan.

Stay tuned for all the F1 action from the Miami International Autodrome. Refresh this page for all the latest updates from the 2024 Miami GP Qualifying.

Miami GP 2024 Qualifying Reaction

Max Verstappen reacts to Miami GP pole…

“We definitely improved the car a bit,” Verstappen said to media. “I don’t know what it is, every single year we come here, I find it extremely difficult to be consistent with the car feeling, the tyre feeling over one lap.

“It’s super hard to make sure that Sector 1 feels good, then Sector 3 at the end of the lap. To make that happens together is incredibly tough. 

“Again today, it was about finding that balance. I think we did OK. It wasn’t the most enjoyable lap of my career because of how slippery it is and you’re not very confident on the lap. But we are on pole, and that’s the most important thing.”

Charles Leclerc thoughts on another strong day at the office

“It felt so much on the limit,” Leclerc told press after qualifying. “It was very close until Q3 where when we started to push for the last one or two tenths, we started to lose the tyres in sector two and three. Overheating them quite a bit.

“So today that’s where we lost a bit of time. However, the race is long tomorrow, this morning [in the Sprint] we showed a good pace so I hope we can put Max under a bit more pressure.”

Carlos Sainz responds to another good day of one-lap speed

“I knew with a clean Quali I could be in the top three,” Sainz said to media after the race/ “We managed to do some clean laps.

“It’s really tricky around here with a new soft. Every lap is a bit of adventure. With the wind you don’t know what will happen. Keeping all that in mind, the laps were not too bad.

“You always finish the lap and think you could have gone so much faster, but it’s almost impossible to put a perfect clean lap around here.”


Nobody improved on their final laps as it was yellow sectors galore and that means that Max Verstappen’s first run was good enough for pole as he continues his dominance of this 2024 F1 championship.

Behind him comes Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, then Sergio Perez, Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri, George Russell, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Yuki Tsunoda to round out the Top 10 for Sunday’s race.

Final runs on the way

Verstappen is on provisional pole but will he keep it for the Grand Prix?

First runs complete: Verstappen on top

Max Verstappen, perhaps predictably, is on provisional pole ahead of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Lewis Hamilton lost a lot of pace, catching a slide on his lap as he is a second slower than his Q2 lap, complaining about a lack of grip.

Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg have been noted for an impeding incident at Turn 17 but it’s unclear who has got in the way of the other. Since Hulkenberg is 1.863 seconds off the pace, you’d expect it to be him.

Who will take pole for the 2024 Miami Grand Prix?

One thing we do know is Fernando Alonso won’t be there after a shocking lap saw him beaten by his teammate, a very rare occasion in their head-to-head time in F1.

Fernando Alonso out in Q2 as Stroll beats him again!

Lance Stroll has had the beating of the two-time world champion over one lap this weekend and he proves it once again by going 11th, over 0.2 quicker than the veteran who still start Sunday’s race from 15th…

Meanwhile, Albon, Ocon and Gasly join the two Aston Martin boys on the sideline for the shoot out for pole.

Leclerc was fastest overall by 0.033 from Max Verstappen, who used new tyres, whilst Hamilton went third too. Is there going to be a memorable scrap for pole?

Final runs of Q2 coming up: Albon, Alonso, Stroll, Hamilton and Ocon in danger

This could be a mega Q2 exit that would really throw the constructors’ into chaos at the bottom end of the grid, so far Hulkenberg is 6th, Tsunoda is 8th and Gasly is 10th.

Alex Albon almost ends up in the wall

The Williams driver brakes way too deep and has to come to a stop at Turn 17 so that he can prevent his car from crashing into the wall. Remember that Williams don’t have a spare chassis yet.

Maybe they can ask Andretti?

Hello, hello… four drivers jump Max Verstappen…

The world champion dips into the 1:27s for the first time today to very briefly go fastest, but he then finds himself almost half a second off the pace as Leclerc, Piastri, Norris and Sainz jump ahead of him.

Is he going to struggle for pole?

GREEN FLAG: Q2 gets underway

The second part of qualifying is underway but so far there aren’t many cars heading to the track. They’ve got 12 minutes to get their laps in.

OUT IN Q1: Zhou, Magnussen, Ricciardo, Sargeant, Bottas

From hero to zero for Daniel Ricciardo as he’s knocked out by 0.164 with his teammate going 12th.

Alpine? Where did that come from? Pierre Gasly goes 5th and Esteban Ocon is 11th!

Fernando Alonso is a very lucky man as he gets through in 15th, Lance Stroll seems to have the edge over one lap so far…

Lots of impeding going on… Expect post-race action!

Charles Leclerc is the latest driver to complain about impeding around the Miami International Autodrome and he joins a list including Max Verstappen and Logan Sargeant who bemoan the lack of attention from their colleagues.

Five minutes to go: Albon, Zhou, Magnussen, Gasly and Sargeant need to improve

If these guys don’t get a hustle on then they’ll be sat watching with the fans in the grand stands.

First runs complete and Max Verstappen is on top!

The Dutchman posts a 1:28.023 to go ahead of Carlos Sainz, who leads a Ferrari 2-3 with Sergio Perez in fourth.

Seven minutes to go in Q1…

Happy Hamilton hypes up Mercedes

The British driver is 0.658 off the pace but he admitted that the grip is good on his Mercedes car, which he’s battled with all weekend. Can he finally push his W15?

Zhou Guanyu is already in trouble…

The Sauber driver rudely jumps in front of Daniel Ricciardo in the pit-lane and the Australian wastes no time in complaining about it.

Zhou will already serve a three-place penalty for Sunday’s race and he has been noted by race control. So far he is 11th, with drivers setting times all the time.

Five minutes to go: Can the defending champions keep up this purple patch of form?

10 minutes to go: Work on Stroll’s car

The Aston Martin of Lance Stroll suffered significant damage when he was whacked by Fernando Alonso and into the side of Lando Norris. His car is still being worked on with just moments to go… Will he make it?

Norris seems ready to go, can he correct his mistakes from Friday?

Max Verstappen won the F1 Sprint earlier, can he make it a one-two punch today?

A reminder of how Sprint Qualifying went…

Sprint Qualifying acts as the best reference for how teams will perform in the upcoming qualifying session on Saturday night, or afternoon if you’re in Miami, so what was the story?

Can you suss out who will take pole?

How does qualifying work?

Drivers and teams compete across three different sessions, with the first two sessions acting like a siv or colander to filter the slower drivers out so that they’re not in the battle for pole position.

In the first two stages, five drivers are eliminated at the end of each leaving just 10 to battle it out for pole. Drivers have approximately 10-20 minutes to set their best laps, with the time reducing as cars disappear from the circuit.

The winner? They take pole and will start Sunday’s Grand Prix from pole position. Lately that’s been Max Verstappen, but Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc are known to offer strong challenges to the Dutchman, who leads the championship.

The 2024 Formula 1 season continues with the Miami Grand Prix which is an F1 Sprint weekend and they’re into Qualifying at the Miami International Autodrome.

Miami GP 2024 Pirelli Tyre Info

The Miami International Autodrome‘s design, with its combination of high-speed straights and technical sections, tests both driver skill and car performance meaning it’s an even bigger challenge after such little preparation time.

The weather could play a significant role in the session’s dynamics. Miami’s climate in May can be unpredictable, with possibilities of sudden rain showers that could impact the track conditions and force teams to adjust their strategies accordingly​.

As the drivers take to the track, all eyes will be on the top contenders like Max Verstappen, who has shown strong performances in previous races, to see if they can maintain their momentum or if rivals will close the gap.

Also, any new technological adjustments by teams like Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes will be scrutinised to gauge their impact on the performance hierarchy established earlier in the season.

Where to Watch the F1 2024 Miami GP

Sky Sports F1 remains the home for live Formula 1 racing in the UK. The channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the Miami GP, including practice, qualifying, the F1 Sprint, and the race itself. Meanwhile, F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action across ESPN.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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