While there have been some struggles with getting to grips fully on the Miami circuit, drivers now tackling the challenge of qualifying where once again the battle between Ferrari and Red Bull continued on. Certain drivers ended up with surprising results. In the lead up to the first ever Miami GP, confidence will be the key for success here.
In Q1 Carlos Sainz showed some early pace going top, with Charles Leclerc coming in behind. Daniel Ricciardo then set a lap to split the Ferrari’s. Lando Norris came in just behind them.
Yuki Tsunoda was in-between the Aston Martin’s, who all were behind the Ferrari’s and McLaren’s.
Max Verstappen then went fastest, Sergio Perez followed that up by slotting in just behind in second.
George Russell put his Mercedes third fastest with a good lap, his team-mate Lewis Hamilton sitting in the bottom five. Hamilton needed a good lap and later on in the session he did just that by getting himself up into fifth.
Both Williams had poor outings, only qualifying in eighteenth and nineteenth. Basically, qualifying last as Esteban Ocon never even set a lap time.
Fernando Alonso got himself out of the bottom five which sent Kevin Magnussen in instead, Magnussen was eliminated. Zhou Guanyu was also eliminated in seventeenth.
In Q2 both Ferrari drivers set early times at the top. Mick Schumacher and Valtteri Bottas also set their early times.
Both Red Bull drivers both set their times going ahead of the Ferrari’s. Norris then goes just behind the Ferrari’s. Hamilton set his lap going into fifth just ahead of Norris. Tsunoda then sets him time going behind Hamilton, which Pierre Gasly then takes his team-mates spot.
Bottas next lap saw him go into seventh, splitting the Alpha Tauri drivers. Alonso then goes eighth.
Russell who backed off on his previous two attempts at flying laps, now going for a third flying lap, he completes the lap, only goes seventh. This pushed Norris into eleventh, bringing him down into the elimination zone.
The final runs started, and Sebastian Vettel sets his time going eighth. Lance Stroll topped his team-mate and went sixth, Bottas improved to fifth. Vettel was left on the cusp of elimination after those two had completed their laps, he soon dropped into the elimination zone after Norris set a great lap going third.
Russell was not doing another lap which left him vulnerable to elimination. Tsunoda then went ninth which meant Russell was eliminated in just Q2. A very disappointing result for Russell who has done well so far this season in a Mercedes that have been disappointing.
Alonso also missed out on the top ten, but not by much and one place from tenth in eleventh, getting ahead of Russell.
In the last lap of Q2, Ricciardo was still on a flying lap and doing well, his final sector was not as good though, and he only ended up in fourteenth, ahead of Schumacher’s Haas.
Alonso, Russell, Vettel, Ricciardo and Schumacher were the drivers that were eliminated.
In the final qualifying session, Ferrari once again come out early to set the pace. Leclerc and Sainz only being a couple of hundredths apart with Leclerc ahead. Verstappen then topped Leclerc going fastest, with his team-mate Perez going fourth.
Bottas went fifth, with Hamilton behind, followed by Norris, Tsunoda, Stroll and Gasly rounding out the top ten for the first runs.
In the final runs, Leclerc went fast enough to beat Verstappen’s time, Sainz going second, ending up close to Leclerc but just a couple of tenths off pole. Bottas went fourth ahead of Perez which did not last long as Perez crossed the line to take fourth back. Gasly grabbed seventh ahead of Norris, both just behind Hamilton.
Verstappen messed up on his attempted hot lap, on turn 6, and so he never got his final flying lap in, missing out on a potential pole, but still qualified third.
Leclerc has a third pole position of the season, and with Sainz getting second, Ferrari got their first front row lock out since Mexico in 2019. Red Bull has taken the second row meaning a lot of potential at the front in the race. Ferrari will be looking to improve a lot from their Imola result and Red Bull will want to keep the success going with another win. It should be another interesting race in Miami.
F1 Miami GP 2022 Qualifying Results
1 – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 2 – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 3 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 4 – Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 5 – Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 6 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 7 – Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 8 – Lando Norris (McLaren) 9 – Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) 10 – Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 11 – Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 12 – George Russell (Mercedes) 13 – Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) 14 – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 15 – Mick Schumacher (Haas) 16 – Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 17 – Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) 18 – Alexander Albon (Williams) 19 – Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 20 – Esteban Ocon (Alpine)