George Russell in the lead at the end of FP2

George Russell was able to find rhythm in the Sunshine State, as he tops the FP2 standings ahead of Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez. Carlos Sainz and Nicholas Latifi caused red flags during the session, with the latter taking far less damage than the Ferrari driver.

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The Ferrari driver was unable to regain his performances seen at the start of the season and his poor form worsened after a crash at the start of the session. A good 1:30 lap saw him top the leaderboard, but heading into Turn 14 at too much speed resulted in a spin and crashing into the barriers. Luckily he was fine and was able to pull through without a hitch, but that doesn’t bode well for the weekend and leaves Ferrari’s mechanics with an important task ahead of qualifying and FP3 tomorrow.

As for his teammate, it was another great performance from Leclerc. However, with Mercedes finding the rhythm so far this weekend and Red Bull once again battling the Scuderia head-on, it will be interesting to see how the race standings end up in the first Grand Prix of Miami. Lewis Hamilton finished in fourth place and was just 0.135 seconds behind the Monegasque driver.

Max Verstappen barely made an appearance in the session, as he was unable to steer his car after entering the track. Perez managed to find some rhythm, however, which should give the current world champion a glimmer of hope ahead of tomorrow.

The midfield battle looks interesting in America

The battle for midfield looks to be strong in Miami after an FP2 session that saw a split in the timing charts. Only Alpine had both drivers in the top ten, with Fernando Alonso finishing fifth and Esteban Ocon taking ninth. As for McLaren, Lando Norris was able to find a lot more rhythm than Daniel Ricciardo, but everything remains to be played because the drivers are learning more and more about the track.

Finally, Pierre Gasly placed well compared to the last outing at Imola, finishing in the top 10 and more than half a second faster than his teammate Yuki Tsunoda.

Haas had a very calm FP2 session, but Kevin Magnussen still managed to find himself in the top 10 at the end of the session. As for Williams and Alfa Romeo, the only star was Guanyu Zhou. The rookie was in the top 10 for most of the session, while teammate Bottas couldn’t leave the garage after his incident in FP1.

Williams’ strong performance in today’s first session was quickly ignored after Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi finished 17th and 18th respectively.

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Amanda J. Marsh