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Verstappen Tops FP3 Leaderboard



Miami Final Practice Results

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.

1Max VerstappenNEDBull Racing1m27.535s
2Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1m27.941s
3Sergio PerezMEXBull Racing1m28.050s
4Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari1m28.125s
5Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1m28.407s
6Pierre GaslyFRAAlpine F1 Team1m28.428s
7Valtteri BottasFINAlfa Romeo F11m28.456s
8Nico HulkenbergGERHaas F1 Team1m28.497s
9Alex AlbonTHAWilliams Racing1m28.561s
10George RussellGBRMercedes 1m28.606s
11Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1m28.607s
12Fernando AlonsoESPAston Martin1m28.618s
13Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes 1m28.718s
14Lance StrollCANAston Martin1m28.723s
15Zhou GuanyuCHNAlfa Romeo F11m29.074s
16Yuki TsunodaJPNAlphaTauri1m29.179s
17Logan SargeantUSAWilliams Racing1m29.264s
18Oscar PiastriAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m29.375s
19Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m29.401s
20Nyck de VriesNEDAlphaTauri1m29.447s

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