F1 Miami GP FP2: Verstappen fastest as Leclerc brings out red flag

Verstappen was fastest in the second practice session which just saw the times just get lower and lower and lower.

Verstappen set a time of 1m:27.930s and was +0.385s ahead of Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari, and sat in third position was his teammate Charles Leclerc who was +0.468s off of the top time.

The session was only five minutes in but the times were already getting close to George Russel’s FP1 time with Verstappen setting a 1m.30.148s to sit on top of the times.

52 minutes in Kevin Magnussen gave every single Haas mechanic a massive scare, as he did a full 180 at turn 14 as he scraped past the outside wall but luckily got away with little to no damage.

Charles Leclerc would be the first driver to break into the one-minute twenty-nines as he set a time of 1m:29.497s on the medium tyres, suggesting there was still a lot more time to be found.

Just ten minutes gone in the session Max Verstappen was complaining about his headrest to his engineer, this resulted in the mechanics having to make some changes to it when he came in later in the session.

The times just kept tumbling and tumbling as Lando Norris was the first driver into the one-minute twenty-eights, with a time of 1m:28.741s on the soft tyres.

With 30 minutes gone in the session, Max Verstappen was sitting top of the times with a 1m:28.255s, with Charles Leclerc just behind him in P2, with Norris’s time good enough to keep him in P3.

Meanwhile, with 27 minutes to go in the session, Alex Albon was still struggling with turn 17, even with a track that had more rubber laid down on it.

Then with 25 minutes to go in the session the times got even lower with Max Verstappen finding his way into the high one-minute twenty-sevens, with a time of 1m.27.930s to extend his advantage over the rest of the field.

The two Mercedes weren’t having as strong of a session as in FP1 with Lewis Hamilton getting twitchy and locking up at turn 7 and George Russel complaining the car was three-wheeling at turn 2.

Furthermore, with just thirteen minutes left, Russel would lock up and go straight on at turn 11, in a lot less of a competitive session for the German manufacturer.

A good session for Leclerc ended very badly though with a tank slapper mid-corner sending him front end first into the outside wall at turn 7, bringing out the red flags with only nine minutes to go.

The session went green again with just four minutes to go in the session.

Even with the session getting going though, no one would better Verstappen’s time from earlier in the session.

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