Qualifying in Miami now live!

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How close is it?

It feels like everything is open: Leclerc set the best time in FT1, Russell in FT2 and Perez in FT3. Three different teams in three sessions so ahead. There is no clear favorite. That’s how we like it!

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The W-Series race in Miami ended a few minutes ago – and it was dry. The forecast rain is not yet in sight. But of course we keep an eye on the sky.

Here is the video of Verstappen’s rapid crash in FT3:


Warning for Ricciardo

Lucky for the Australian, he got away with a warning for starting the exercise incorrectly in FT3. It’s his first this year, so no problem. Here is the very brief rationale for the stewards as a whole:

“It was clear that the rider performed a training start in a way that was contrary to the race director’s race notes.”


Qualification without Ocon

The Frenchman needs a new chassis after his FT3 crash. He will not be able to attend the qualifier because Alpine cannot build it up that fast. There were only 19 left.

After all, the team announces that Ocon is doing well. He starts tomorrow’s race. For this he needs a special permit without qualifications, but it is a mere formality.


live stream

As promised, we are just delivering the start time for today’s livestream. Kevin Scheuren and Christian Nimmervoll report as planned at 01:30 on the Formula1.de YouTube channel.

Should the qualification be delayed, it would obviously have an impact on the start time of our analysis. We will of course announce that here.

Q1 starts in less than an hour!

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Ricciardo is threatened with problems

The Australian must go to the stewards at 20:45. He is said to have violated clause 11.2 of the event notes. These dictate to drivers where and how to perform test starts. Here is the literal point:

“All drivers performing a practice start should do so by pulling as far forward on the grid as possible and should, if necessary, wait for others to make a start before reaching a grid position further ahead.”

“Under no circumstances should a driver make a training start if another car is still standing still in front of him on the same side of the net.”

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New asphalt next year?

In that context, Ralf Schumacher even believes that the track must be rebuilt until the 2023 race. The current situation is “a major problem” which can no longer be solved in the short term.

“It’s a problem and I also think you should show up again by next year,” Schumacher said on ‘Sky’. Also in the frame races are “insanely many cars […] just flew off, “Schumacher said.

Let’s see how it goes in the qualification afterwards!


How chaotic will the qualification be?

You have to ask yourself this question, because it is not only rain that threatens the qualification. The riders also struggle on a dry track. At the moment you have to assume at least one red flag – probably even more.

McLaren team manager Andreas Seidl explains to ‘Sky’: “As soon as you are a meter away from the ideal line, you really have zero grip. Of course on the one hand due to the tire wear, which is always next to the ideal line.”

“But it’s just particularly bad here because these rocks detach from this new asphalt and then lie next to the ideal line, which then simply causes zero grip,” Seidl said.

That’s why we see so many departures.


FT3: Closing time

That was the best time to stay with Perez. Verstappen spun in turn 13, but was able to avoid an impact. lucky! He finishes session P3 behind Leclerc and ahead of Alonso and Vettel, who are fifth.

Also strong: Schumacher on P6 and Albon on P9. No sign of Mercedes. Hamilton and Russell only land on P15 and P17. Where did yesterday’s pace go? The qualification is in two hours. Before that the FT3 overview:



Photos: F1: Miami (USA) Grand Prix 2022, Saturday


FT3: Vettel P4

Vettel slides between the two Ferraris with a 1: 30.049 in P4. Is Aston Martin doing better this weekend? P4 may seem unrealistic, but you can at least dream of Q3 in the form afterwards.

Meanwhile, Perez took the lead again with a 1: 30.304. The last word is not yet said here! Four more minutes.


FT3: Best time Verstappen

With the last ten minutes running, Perez has pushed the best time down to 1: 30.699. However, the teammate immediately follows, Verstappen takes the lead with a 1: 30.649 – a little faster.

What else do the competitors have up their sleeve? Mercedes in particular is not making as strong an impression at the moment as it did yesterday.


FT3: Gasly warned

The Frenchman crossed the white line at the entrance to the pit. It is forbidden, therefore, the black and white flag. In the meantime, we are waiting for the hunt for times to start in earnest in the last minutes.

Leclerc starts with a 1: 30.981 on the bleeds. But this is much faster!


New control electronics for Sainz

The Spaniard also got a new part after his departure. Incidentally, only two devices are allowed for the control electronics throughout the season, which is why he is already at the border.

We said it already here in the ticker today: It should not be long before we see the first motor penalties this year. And this is only the fifth of 23 weekends …


New parts for Bottas

We use the interruption to pass on some info: Bottas got his third turbo and his third MGU-H after his FT1 crash and has already reached the maximum allowed. It has also got a new gearbox.

The session is scheduled to resume in a minute. Then the interruption will have lasted 13 minutes. That’s more than 20 percent of the session that the teams have lost again.


FT3: Ocon ok

That, of course, is the most important thing. But his departure in turn 14 now ensures that everyone loses time – again. Lots of work for Alpine now, qualifying starts in less than three hours.

Verstappen continues to lead, now with 1: 31.355. But it will be much faster as soon as it continues.

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