The Miami Grand Prix makes its debut on the Formula 1 calendar this year and qualifying for round five of the 2022 F1 season is just around the corner. This concludes the three free practice sessions. The common denominator: every session had to be aborted due to a crash. Esteban Ocon, for example, went off the track violently in the third practice session. It is now clear that the Alpine driver cannot take part in qualifying. So Fernando Alonso just has to uphold the honor for the French stable, can he surprise with a top five finish like in VT3?
Red Bull Racing took over again at the front after George Russell set the best time in VT2. Sergio Perez was fastest earlier today while teammate Max Verstappen recovered from a difficult Friday to set the third fastest time. The Dutchman remained unscathed in the closing stages of practice when he was only just able to keep his car out of the wall after a spin. Incidentally, it is by no means certain that Red Bull will take pole position in Miami, as Ferrari also seems to be in good shape again. Charles Leclerc set the second fastest time in VT2 on a set of tires that had already completed more than ten laps.
The battle for pole position appears to be mostly between the four cars of Red Bull and Ferrari, while Mercedes fell far behind in practice three after a strong Friday. Can the German works team fight back in qualifying and get back into midfield? Or can it even surprise by interfering in the battle for pole position?
These are questions that will be answered in qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix in the coming hour. We also find out at the end who will start the race at the Miami International Autodrome from the best starting position. Our team of F1 journalists will keep you up to date with the latest developments via the live blog below.