FP3: Verstappen sets lap record to head final practice in Miami

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Reigning double world champion Max Verstappen set ominous pace in the third and final practice at the Miami Grand Prix to head Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and his teammate Sergio Perez.

Championship leader Max Verstappen set a a flurry of fastest laps on the resurfaced Miami International Autodrome in the final 60-minute practice with his best effort of 1m27.535s leaving him atop of the leaderboard 0.406s clear of second fastest Charles Leclerc.

The Dutchman, who set a new unofficial lap record in yesterday’s Free Practice 2, managed to lower the benchmark by a further four tenths of a second, underlining that he is the driver to beat in the afternoon’s qualifying session.

Perez was once again unable to keep up with the pace of his teammate, finishing down in P3 over half a second adrift of Verstappen’s benchmark. Carlos Sainz continued to impress today after his disastrous Baku race weekend, ending up fourth fastest.

It was a strong showing from the Alpine pair of Ocon and Pierre Gasly in fifth and sixth, respectively, ahead of the Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas in seventh.

After a day which was marked by strong performance and a heavy shunt, Nico Hulkenberg displayed great speed in the final practice, putting his Haas Ferrari eighth with his team mate Kevin Magnussen ending up P11.

Aston Martin endured a difficult session with Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll finishing down in P12 and P14 respectively. The Spaniard appeared to post impressive sector times, but he was unable to put a good lap together in the hot and tough conditions.

It was also a tough FP3 for Mercedes as George Russell ended up a second off the pace, while teammate Lewis Hamilton was a further tenth back and could only finish 13th.

Despite their significant upgrade package that debuted in Azerbaijan just a few days ago, McLaren duo Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris were 18th and 19th with AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries rounding out the leaderboard in the final practice.


11Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:27.53517
216Charles LeclercFerrari1:27.941+0.406s25
311Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:28.050+0.515s21
455Carlos SainzFerrari1:28.125+0.590s26
531Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:28.407+0.872s24
610Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:28.428+0.893s23
777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:28.456+0.921s18
827Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:28.497+0.962s15
923Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:28.561+1.026s19
1063George RussellMercedes1:28.606+1.071s19
1120Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:28.607+1.072s13
1214Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:28.618+1.083s23
1344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:28.718+1.183s22
1418Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:28.723+1.188s23
1524Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:29.074+1.539s18
1622Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:29.179+1.644s19
172Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:29.264+1.729s19
1881Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:29.375+1.840s17
194Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:29.401+1.866s17
2021Nyck De VriesAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:29.447+1.912s21