FP3: Perez tops final practice to demonstrate Red Bull's superior pace in Miami

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The final practice for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix saw Sergio Perez set the benchmark with a time of 1m30.304s, beating championship leader Charles Leclerc and reigning world champion Max Verstappen.

Red Bull completed a smooth running in the final session in Florida, making up for the lost time on Friday. Sergio Perez clocked a 1m 30.304s on the soft tyres at the Miami International Autodrome with Max Verstappen finishing third fastest. The Dutchman was set to go quickest on his last hot lap before he locked up at the chicane, almost crashing into the barriers.

The reigning world champion was on a different programme after he lost valuable time on Friday, completing a short run on mediums, then a heavy fuel stint on the same set of tyres before concentrating on qualifying simulation on a fresh set of soft tyres.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took second, 0.194s behind the pace-setter Perez. The Monegasque racked up a total of 23 laps, one of the highest mileages in the field. His team mate Carlos Sainz appeared to have recovered from his crash in FP2, albeit he was unable to keep up with Leclerc’s speed in the final practice session.

Fernando Alonso was the leading midfield runner in fourth, 0.732 off the pace. His team mate Esteban Ocon was unable to set a timed lap as he slammed into the wall at Turn 14. The Alpine driver was taken to the medical centre as a precaution after the impact triggered the G-force limit.

Sebastian Vettel and the two Haas drivers Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen were the stars of the session after they ended up fifth, sixth and eighth fastest respectively thanks to their late fresh tyre runs in the dying minutes of the session.

Following their strong showing on Friday, Mercedes endured a very difficult final practice in Miami. George Russell, who finished FP2 on top, took only 17th while his team mate Lewis Hamilton also ended up down in P15 as both drivers struggled with overheating tyres.


111Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:30.30420
216Charles LeclercFerrari1:30.498+0.194s23
31Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:30.649+0.345s20
414Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault1:31.036+0.732s17
55Sebastian VettelAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:31.049+0.745s23
647Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari1:31.050+0.746s18
755Carlos SainzFerrari1:31.172+0.868s23
820Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:31.227+0.923s20
923Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:31.501+1.197s14
104Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:31.594+1.290s18
1122Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Rbpt1:31.659+1.355s23
1218Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:31.665+1.361s21
133Daniel RicciardoMclaren Mercedes1:31.728+1.424s18
1477Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:31.885+1.581s25
1544Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:31.890+1.586s19
1610Pierre GaslyAlphatauri Rbpt1:31.901+1.597s18
1763George RussellMercedes1:31.924+1.620s18
1824Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:32.051+1.747s16
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:32.376+2.072s16
2031Esteban OconAlpine Renault3