F1 Miami Grand Prix 2024 Free Practice 1 highlights and timings

Follow all the action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers hit the Miami International Autodrome for FP1 at the 2024 Miami Grand Prix


Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com live blog for Free Practice 1 at the 2024 Miami Grand Prix, coming to you LIVE 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, starting with FP1 scheduled on Friday, May 3, from 18:30 to 19:30 local time. This session will be crucial for teams and drivers to test their setups and make adjustments in preparation for the weekend’s sprint, qualifying and race.

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​.

FP1 for the 2024 Miami GP promises to be a session filled with crucial learnings and strategic gambles, setting the tone for the rest of the weekend. Fans can catch the live action and follow detailed analyses, which will provide insights into what to expect in the subsequent sessions and the race itself​.

Miami GP 2024 FP1 LIVE Updates

The 2024 Formula 1 season continues with the Miami Grand Prix which is an F1 Sprint weekend and begins with the only practice session of the three day event, before moving onto Sprint Qualifying later on Friday.

Report: Verstappen tops sesssion after Leclerc’s Austin Powers gaffe

Max Verstappen continued his F1 dominance in the FP1 at the 2024 Miami Grand Prix, but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Dutchman who led a run of five different teams in the top five of the timesheets.

Charles Leclerc’s early spin was the biggest moment of the session though, he bounced off a kerb at turn 16 and ended up facing the wrong way, unable to spin his car around or reverse out to continue his session.

After holding up the rest of the grid, a red flag was eventually called and Leclerc took no further part in the session with just three laps under his belt.

Verstappen struggled with nailing his braking point at the end of the Miami International Autodrome’s long straights on his race simulations but eventually hit his stride to take top spot ahead of Oscar Piastri.

Piastri is running with half of McLaren’s upgrade with teammate Lando Norris getting the full package but running way down in 16th place.

Carlos Sainz completed the podium, ahead of George Russell – clearly the better Mercedes driver in the hour’s running – and Lance Stroll before Sergio Perez over a quarter of a second behind his teammate.

Chequered flag

That’s it folks! It’s now just three hours until Sprint Qualifying gets underway, have the teams done enough to perform then? We’ll soon find out…

Not bad for half a car!

Piastri is up to second, one of four drivers from four different teams to have split the Red Bulls.

Running with only half of McLaren’s major upgrade package, the Australian is a tenth behind Verstappen and eight-tenths ahead of Lando Norris who’s been given the full bag of goods by McLaren.

Statement of intent

That went well. Max Verstappen has slammed a lap in to go two-tenths ahead of Russell, with Perez up to second at least for the moment…

Mercedes come to play

Called it! George Russell goes top by just 69 thousandths of a second ahead of Carlos Sainz, with Hamilton in third a tenth behind his teammate. However, he didn’t look entirely comfortable particularly at the end of his lap so it looks like it’s advantage Russell right now with five minutes to go.

Push laps starting

They’re all at it now. Pierre Gasly goes quickest ahead of the McLarens but Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes are all pushing on the softs right now so that lap may not stay top for long.

Zhou onto softs

It was thought teams would save their softest tyres for the competitive sessions but Zhou Guanyu is out on the red-walled rubber… And goes slower. Bottas has now joined him though so we’ll keep an eye on that.

Hamilton bails

That turns 14-15 chicane has been causing trouble for drivers all day and Hamilton is the latest in that category, but wisely chooses to straight-line the second corner rather than exposing the bottom of his Mercedes to a nasty bump.


That half of McLaren updates are currently worth two tenths between Lando Norris in second and Oscar Piastri in fourth – both times set on hard tyres.

Another Verstappen error

He’ll surely be on top of it by the time meaningful running starts later today, but Verstappen has once again braked too late at turn 11 and taken to the runoff area.

Brown sheds light on McLaren upgrades

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown confirmed Lando Norris had a suspension issue to start the session that prevented him taking part in the early running, and also told Sky Sports F1 how they’ve strategised their upgrades between Norris and Piastri:

“Lando has the full package, Oscar has half the package and both cars will have it in Imola.

“We talk to both of them what we’re going to do, the sprint weekend does make it a challenge but we’re ready and going for maximum performance, that’s why we’re going with the split.”

How it stands at the halfway stage:

Sergio Perez leads the two Mercedes drivers with Verstappen nowhere to be seen at the top of the order.

Verstappen off!

He outbraked himself at turn 17 and continued onto the painted runoff, but it’s no panic Dutchman as he gets back to it on the medium tyres.

Will Leclerc return?

His car has been recovered from the track, but it will still be a tall order to get it back to the pitlane and back out for any meaningful running.

How it stands 20 minutes in

There’s been that limited running, but with a third of the session now in the books, these are the timesheets:

  1. Sergio Perez 1:29.632
  2. George Russell +0.354
  3. Lewis Hamilton +0.501
  4. Oscar Piastri +0.799
  5. Max Verstappen +1.439
  6. Fernando Alonso +1.516
  7. Pierre Gasly +1.728
  8. Zhou Guanyu +1.735
  9. Kevin Magnussen +1.747
  10. Logan Sargeant +1.870

We are go go go!

Finally the red flag is withdrawn and we’re back underway with under 45 minutes left in the session.

Worst possible start for Leclerc

It’s still all quiet on track, and this is proof we really really weren’t exaggerating… After he bounced back in style against Sainz in China it was the perfect time to kick on, but he’ll be on the back foot heading into Sprint Qualifying.

Leclerc out of the car

He’s out, he couldn’t engage reverse in his Ferrari and the time is ticking down on the only hour of practice that teams will get.


It was somewhat inevitable for Leclerc, he’s done a Raghunathan but it’s right bang in the middle of the track, almost on the apex of the corner.


This is chaos. It’s Austin Powers. Leclerc ended up facing the wrong way in sector three and his spin turn has only made things worse, he’s now sat perpendicular to the track and has to wait for all the other cars to file past before he next attempts to extricate himself.

Verstappen and Hamilton close

They’re split by just half a tenth after the first runs on the medium tyres, but expect these early times to tumble quickly.

We’re underway!

It’s a green light at the end of the pitlane and we’re ready to go!

New looks

It’s not just Ferrari who are looking different either. McLaren have a host of (somewhat Red Bull-inspired) upgrades on the car: Front wing, front suspension, front corner, floor body, sidepod inlet, engine cover, cooling lovures, rear suspension, rear corner and beam wing.

Aston Martin have given their machinery a similar makeover too, will either team improve though? We’ll soon find out…

T-10 minutes

It’s not long now until we’re underway in Miami! A reminder that today we’ve got FP1 coming up followed by Sprint Qualifying – which was arguably the most exciting session of the Chinese GP weekend last time out.

There’s also a host of upgrades across the paddock, and just an hour to bed them in and deal with any teething issues.

Baby blues

It wasn’t quite the True Blue SF-24 livery that fans were hoping for, but it’s still a new look for Ferrari this weekend.

Where next for Newey?

On Sky Sports, Martin Brundle brushed off the narrative that Newey left Red Bull because of the chaos behind-the-scenes in Milton Keynes this season, particularly related to Christian Horner.

“He’s been moving towards this for some time”

Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle

However, it is hard to ignore the obvious variable that hasn’t been present in previous seasons.

Work to do

Teams have just an hour to prepare for the first competitive session of the weekend coming up later today, though a reminder that teams can change their setups between the sprint race and grand prix qualifying on Saturday.

That all means that any mechanical issues in free practice will be extremely costly, as every driver really needs to hit the ground running.

Welcome to FP1… and the Adrian Newey show

Hello and bienvenidos to Miami! It’s FP1, the only free practice session of the season, coming up in half an hour and it will be somewhat of a change to focus on track for once, given all the other (particularly Red Bull-related) distractions around F1 right now…

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, making FP1 an essential session for gathering data and optimising race strategies.

Teams will likely use FP1 to conduct installation laps initially, using harder tyre compounds before switching to softer compounds for performance runs as they dial in their setups​. This first session will also be a first look at any upgrades teams have brought to the Miami GP, a crucial factor as the season progresses.

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.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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