Mercedes reported back before the new Formula 1 race in Miami (Sunday, 9:30 p.m./Sky). With a new rear wing, George Russell was surprisingly turning the fastest round on the 5.412 km long course in 1: 29.938 minutes, his team -mate and record champion Lewis Hamilton underpinned the good impression of the silver arrows with fourth place (+0.241).
The World Cup leading Charles Leclerc (+0.106) ended up in second place, while world champion Max Verstappen had to deal with technical problems and did not create a circle in the second session.
“I can’t steer at all, sorry, the steering hangs,” the Dutch sparked on his Red Bull box.
Ex-world champion Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) in Aston Martin and Haas-Pilot Mick Schumacher still had difficulty with the new route around the hard rock stage. Vettel became 15., Schumacher landed a place behind it (+1,649).
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Before the fifth race of the season, Leclerc has 27 points ahead of Verstappen in the World Cup ranking, which most recently won in Imola. “I don’t know who will be ahead this weekend,” said Leclerc, so far it was “always very narrow” against Verstappen. However, he was sure that he had “a chance” for victory if he didn’t make mistakes.