Verstappen tops Miami GP FP2 as Leclerc crashes late in session

The Dutchman laid down an ominous marker in FP2 at the Miami GP


Max Verstappen beat the Ferraris to top spot in the second practice session at the Miami Grand Prix, as Charles Leclerc brought out the red flag with a late crash.

The Dutchman had some minor issues with his headrest early in the session, but returned to the track to post a 1:27.930 and eclipse Carlos Sainz in second by nearly four tenths.

Leclerc finished third, a further tenth back, but came unstuck on the Miami International Autodrome circuit with 10 minutes left on the clock. The Monegasque had a snap of oversteer before locking up and hitting the barrier at Turn 8.

Sergio Perez continued to struggle and could only manage fourth, nearly half a second of the pace set by his teammate and championship rival.

Lando Norris took an encouraging sixth for McLaren, although Oscar Piastri finished well down in 16th.

After setting the pace in FP1, Mercedes struggled, with Lewis Hamilton seventh and George Russell 15th. The pair both lost the rear at various points throughout the session, which will be a concern ahead of what is likely to be a dry qualifying.

Lance Stroll was the lead Aston Martin in eighth, with Esteban Ocon and Alex Albon rounding out the top 10.

Verstappen lays down marker

After finishing fourth in FP1, the championship leader returned to the top of the timesheets in FP2 in dominant fashion.

The Dutchman finished nearly four tenths clear out front and looked comfortable in the RB19 on the new tarmac, while most around him struggled to keep their cars between the white lines consistently.

Verstappen will undoubtedly start Sunday’s GP as the favourite and you’d be brave to bet against him making it back-to-back Miami wins.

The rain that is forecast might be the only thing that can stop him.

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright
Sports Journalist for
- Advertisment -


Sergio Perez talks to his engineer Hugh Bird and team principal Christian Horner in the garage | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Look away Checo – Horner praises Perez’s F1 rival as star fights for Red...

Christian Horner insists Red Bull will make a decision about Sergio Perez's Red Bull future "in the fullness of...
Max Verstappen during 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Winners and Losers of 2024 Monaco GP

Charles Leclerc vanquished his Monte Carlo demons to finally take victory at his home race, while Red Bull continued...
Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – Monaco GP 2024

Charles Leclerc was in dreamland as the Ferrari driver finally celebrated an elusive victory at home race at the...
Josef Newgarden drinks his milk after winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: James Black

2024 Indy 500 Race Results

Josef Newgarden joined an elite group of drivers by winning the Indy 500 for the second consecutive year in...
Josef Newgarden celebrates winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Amber Pietz

Newgarden takes sensational Indy 500 win after epic battle for glory

The Indianapolis 500 never fails to excite and even a four-hour rain delay couldn't dampen the drama for IndyCar's...
Tom Blomqvist crashes in Lap 1 at the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Aaron Skillman

2024 Indy 500: Results and Highlights as Newgarden wins

Welcome to this Total Motorsport live blog for the 2024 Indy 500, is among the most prestigious motorsport events...
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner locks horns with Mercedes' opposite number Toto Wolff ahead of the 2023 Miami GP | Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Christian Horner turns on old enemy Mercedes after Red Bull’s dire Monaco GP

Christian Horner flamed Mercedes once again after the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, accusing them of a 'defeatist, hugely conservative...
Charles Leclerc after winning the 2024 Monaco GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Charles Leclerc reveals moment he almost lost the 2024 Monaco GP

Charles Leclerc revealed he almost lost the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix when he began to cry in the cockpit...
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff before 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Mercedes issue warning to rivals for next race after success in Monaco

Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton have sent strong warnings to their Formula 1 rivals after Mercedes produced a strong...
Sergio Perez ahead of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Frustrated Sergio Perez points finger at Haas after ‘totally unnecessary’ tangle

A desolate Sergio Perez admitted his first-lap 2024 Monaco Grand Prix crash with Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg was...
- Advertisment -