F1 Miami Grand Prix 2024 Sprint Qualifying highlights and timings

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


Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com live blog for Sprint Qualifying 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, and that begins in earnest with Sprint Qualifying at 16:30 local time. After just an hour to prepare, anything could happen in this session with plenty of potential for drivers to be caught out 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​.

Sprint Qualifying for the 2024 Miami GP could see a multi-team battle for top spot after a tight practice session that saw Max Verstappen lead but four different teams represented in the four spots behind him.

This was arguably the most exciting session of the weekend last time out in China as Lando Norris took pole from Lewis Hamilton in dramatic fashion, 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 Sprint Qualifying LIVE Updates

The 2024 Formula 1 season continues with the Miami Grand Prix which is an F1 Sprint weekend and they’re into Sprint Qualifying after just an hour of free practice to get accustomed to the Miami International Autodrome.

Thanks and goodbye!

There should surely be a penalty coming Valtteri Bottas’ way and Lewis Hamilton may also be in trouble – as if he wasn’t in enough strife thanks to Mercedes’ generally poor pace.

You can relive all the action in Joe Krishnan’s wonderful report, and stick around on Total-Motorsport.com for all the reaction to the on and off-track stories!

Sprint Qualifying Results:

Verstappen: Lap felt pretty terrible

Verstappen still seemed in shock at that result in his post-pole interview:

“To be honest it felt pretty terrible, but I don’t know maybe that last session was incredibly difficult to get the tyres to work cos already in SQ2 it didn’t feel great.

“I don’t know, it might be the track layout a little bit, after practice I was confident we could fight for pole, in qualifying it didn’t really look like that.

“I’ll happily take it but it didn’t feel enjoyable out there to drive for whatever reason.”

Verstappen takes sprint pole!

All the challengers came and went, but no one could dislodge the Dutchman! He can’t believe it either, describing the lap as terrible but it’s a terrible sprint pole position for Verstappen ahead of Leclerc and Perez!

  1. Max Verstappen 1:27.641
  2. Charles Leclerc +0.108
  3. Sergio Perez +0.235
  4. Daniel Ricciardo +0.403
  5. Carlos Sainz +0.462
  6. Oscar Piastri +0.520
  7. Lance Stroll +0.734
  8. Fernando Alonso +0.778
  9. Lando Norris +0.831
  10. Nico Hulkenberg +0.835

Verstappen quickest so far

he’s beaten his teammate but there’s still the McLarens and Ferraris to come…

One-shot quali

None of the drivers are attempting to cram two laps into this session, so it’ll be a one-shot affair in Miami! They’re finally heading out onto track…

Work for Newey to do?

It’s not exactly the perfect job pitch to Adrian Newey or Max Verstappen is it?

Enough of the negativity though, Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg have all made it through against the odds!

Penny for Mercedes’ thoughts

For the first time in almost a year, both Mercedes are missing out out the final qualifying session. Even worse, Lewis Hamilton will be investigated after the session for a pitlane infringement.

“I got nothing man”

Lewis Hamilton’s team radio

Hamilton made several errors in that section before the final DRS zone, while Russell also didn’t have the pace. Also out are Ocon, Magnussen and Tsunoda.

10. Nico Hulkenberg 1:28.330

11. George Russell +0.013

12. Lewis Hamilton +0.041

13. Esteban Ocon +0.049

14. Kevin Magnussen +0.284

15. Yuki Tsunoda NO TIME

Verstappen safe

He’s finally across the line… And into SQ3 in fourth! The two Mercedes are at risk in the drop zone on their final runs…

Norris top!

He liked sprint qualifying last time out, and Norris again goes top here, a quarter of a second ahead of second-placed Sergio Perez.

Verstappen is yet to set a time, as is Tsunoda while Sainz in seventh and Ocon in twelfth are split by just 0.061 seconds.

SQ2 underway!

And just like that we’re up and running for the second sprint qualifying session!

History made for Sargeant

There’s one positive at least – Logan Sargeant has finally beaten Alex Albon in qualifying, for the first time ever!

Nightmare for Williams

And just like that, SQ1 is over! These sprint sessions are certainly short and sharp, Alex Albon was out anyway but will now start from the back of the grid pending any penalties as his lap was deleted for cutting turn 15.

Pierre Gasly, the Saubers and Logan Sargeant also failed to make the cut:

15. Nico Hulkenberg 1:29.040

16. Pierre Gasly +0.145

17. Zhou Guanyu +0.227

18. Valtteri Bottas +0.320

19. Logan Sargeant +0.511

20. Alex Albon +0.818

Collision at turn 1!

That may well be the most blatant penalty in the history of F1 qualifying, sprint or otherwise. Valtteri Bottas – with a new race engineer this weekend – was slowing on an in-lap at turn one and failed to see Piastri surging up on a flying effort.

He turned in and clouted the McLaren’s sidepod, the Finn is also in the bottom five alongside his teammate and both Williams.

Mercedes more to give?

Both Silver Arrows lit up the opening sector but faded hard from there, and now sit eighth and night as Leclerc somehow splits Piastri and Perez to go third! 2nd-5th are +0.038, +0.053, +0.080 and +0.086 behind Verstappen, it’s impossibly tight!!!

Verstappen to the fore

It’s once again Verstappen leading the grid but behind him there’s no obvious running order. After everyone’s first runs, Piastri continues to outperform his more upgraded teammate in second with Perez third – both are within a tenth of Verstappen.

The Astons were the early frontrunners with Lance Stroll again leading, while Yuki Tsunoda now ahead of the Canadian in the top five.

SQ1 underway!

We are go go go for SQ1! Charles Leclerc is the first one out. He’s got work to do after only banking three laps in FP1 before Austin Powersing himself.

Teams to watch

Oscar Piastri’s FP1 result was particularly interesting given McLaren have only given him half of their Miami upgrades, while Norris (down in 16th earlier) has the full bumper package.

It will be interesting to see whether the Australian remains the MCL38 to beat in sprint qualifying though, or if Norris can finally get his new-look machine towards the top of the timesheets.

Aston Martin are another team to follow, you’d expect Alonso to be quicker than Stroll so if he can improve then they could be very much in the mix.

FP1 results

Speaking of which, here’s how things shook out earlier!

  1. Max Verstappen 1:28.595
  2. Oscar Piastri +0.105
  3. Carlos Sainz +0.116
  4. George Russell +0.189
  5. Lance Stroll +0.222

Hello and welcome!

It’s time for qualifying! Ok, it’s sprint qualifying for now, but this session was ever so dramatic in China with Norris, then Hamilton, then Norris once and for all taking pole.

We hope for similar today, Verstappen was quickest in our only free practice session earlier but he led a top five made up of five different teams!

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.

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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