Russell Shines, Hulkenberg Crashes in Miami GP Practice
F1 practice session at the Miami Grand Prix, George Russell dominates the first Formula 1 practice session, securing a Mercedes one-two finish, while a dramatic crash by Nico Hulkenberg results in a red flag, halting the action on the track.
In the first F1 practice at the Miami GP, George Russell secured the lead in a Mercedes one-two, while a crash by Nico Hulkenberg in his Haas at Turn 3 prompted a red flag.
Approximately 35 minutes into FP1, Hulkenberg navigated the first corner successfully but veered off course at Turn 2, ultimately losing control of his VF-23 and colliding with the Turn 3 barriers in reverse. This incident not only ended Hulkenberg’s session while he held second place behind championship leader Max Verstappen, but also resulted in the session’s only red flag.
When the session resumed, Verstappen improved his performance but was overtaken by both Mercedes drivers and Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari. Russell finished with the fastest time of 1m30.125s, outpacing teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.220 seconds and Leclerc by an additional tenth of a second.
Verstappen’s fastest lap, set earlier in the session, left him more than four tenths behind Russell. Meanwhile, Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez lagged a full second behind Verstappen’s time, ultimately ranking 11th.
Carlos Sainz secured two Ferraris in the top five, followed by Pierre Gasly of Alpine and Aston Martin drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll. Despite his crash, Hulkenberg’s best time before the incident earned him ninth place, ahead of Esteban Ocon’s second Alpine, which rounded out the top 10.
Perez took 11th place, followed by Oscar Piastri in the leading McLaren and Kevin Magnussen in the second Haas.
Results of the Friday practice session at the Miami Grand Prix, the 5th round of the 2023 F1 World Championship.
POS DRIVER NAT. TEAM TIME 1 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m30.125s 2 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m30.337s 3 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m30.449s 4 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m30.549s 5 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m30.724s 6 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m31.104s 7 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team 1m31.231s 8 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team 1m31.337s 9 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m31.392s 10 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m31.542s 11 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Bull Racing 1m31.566s 12 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m31.810s 13 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m31.853s 14 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 1m31.902s 15 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m31.903s 16 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m31.997s 17 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 1m32.134s 18 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m32.169s 19 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m32.619s 20 Nyck de Vries NED Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m34.637s
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