Verstappen Tops FP3 Leaderboard
Max Verstappen showcased his dominance in Formula 1 by leading the final practice session prior to the Miami Grand Prix qualifying. With fluctuating positions behind him, Verstappen consistently remained at the top, finishing with a 0.406-second lead.
Max Verstappen once again dominated his Formula 1 competitors in the final practice session before qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix.
Although the positions behind him fluctuated as the drivers adapted to the Miami track surface during FP3, Verstappen consistently held the top spot on the leaderboard, ultimately finishing the session with a 0.406-second lead.
As in FP2, the two-time F1 champion achieved his best lap time on a second push on soft tires, setting a new record time of 1m27.535s.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was Verstappen’s closest competitor, but Verstappen’s continuous improvements maintained a half-second advantage until the session’s final moments when Leclerc completed a lap just 0.406s behind.
Sergio Perez, driving the second Red Bull car, finished third, a tenth of a second further behind, while Carlos Sainz, who had been Verstappen’s primary rival for most of the session, came in fourth, 0.590s behind.
Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, driving for Alpine, secured a solid fifth and sixth place, leading a closely packed group of 10 cars separated by just over three-tenths of a second.
Both Ocon and Gasly showed impressive performance at the beginning of the session on medium-compound tires, in contrast to the rest of the field on softs. Ocon’s fifth-fastest time was also achieved during a stint on soft tires.
The last four spots in the top 10 were held by four different teams, with Valtteri Bottas delivering a strong performance to secure seventh place for Alfa Romeo, followed by Nico Hulkenberg.
The Haas driver, who experienced a crash in FP1 and was outperformed by teammate Kevin Magnussen in FP2, briefly appeared in the top five during FP3. Despite hitting the exit curb hard at Turn 7 on his first lap of the final run, he improved on his next attempt, finishing the session within one second of the leader.
Alex Albon’s Williams came in ninth, while George Russell took the 10th spot in the fastest Mercedes, just ahead of Magnussen.
Russell reported issues with the W14 throughout the session, mentioning towards the end that he struggled with Turn 2 and experienced excessive hopping. Nevertheless, he managed to finish a tenth ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, who came in 13th, positioned between the Aston Martins of Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.
Lando Norris, who showed promise in FP2 on Friday, placed second to last in the final practice, 1.866 seconds off the pace. His McLaren teammate, Oscar Piastri, was only slightly ahead, finishing 18th.
Outcomes from the final practice session at the Miami Grand Prix, the fifth round of the 2023 F1 World Championship.
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||Bull Racing||1m27.535s|
|2||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||1m27.941s|
|3||Sergio Perez||MEX||Bull Racing||1m28.050s|
|4||Carlos Sainz||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari||1m28.125s|
|5||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Alpine F1 Team||1m28.407s|
|6||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Alpine F1 Team||1m28.428s|
|7||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Alfa Romeo F1||1m28.456s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||GER||Haas F1 Team||1m28.497s|
|9||Alex Albon||THA||Williams Racing||1m28.561s|
|11||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||Haas F1 Team||1m28.607s|
|12||Fernando Alonso||ESP||Aston Martin||1m28.618s|
|14||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin||1m28.723s|
|15||Zhou Guanyu||CHN||Alfa Romeo F1||1m29.074s|
|17||Logan Sargeant||USA||Williams Racing||1m29.264s|
|18||Oscar Piastri||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||1m29.375s|
|19||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m29.401s|
|20||Nyck de Vries||NED||AlphaTauri||1m29.447s|
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