F1 practice LIVE: Miami Grand Prix updates as Lewis Hamilton looks to build in FP2

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F1 practice LIVE: Miami Grand Prix updates as Lewis Hamilton looks to build in FP2
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Follow live coverage from Friday practice ahead of the first-ever Miami Grand Prix

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Follow live Formula One coverage from the opening practice sessions at the Miami International Autodrome in Florida, ahead of the Miami Grand Prix. F1 has arrived in the United States ahead of the long-awaited inaugural Miami Grand Prix and excitement is building as the drivers take to the track for the first time.

In FP1 on Friday, Charles Leclerc – who heads into the fifth race of the season with the championship lead after two wins so far this season – posted the fastest time as Ferrari again impressed. But defending champion Max Verstappen and the Red Bulls also showed some pace, while there were finally signs of life from Mercedes as George Russell ended in P2, just src.src71s behind Leclerc.

It’s been a nightmare start to the season for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, with the seven-time world champion’s struggles reaching a new low after a 13th place finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix two weeks ago but Miami could signal the start of a revival for the Brit.

Ahead of practice, team principal Toto Wolff has said Mercedes “found several directions for improving the car” and FP2 later on Friday will provide another look as to whether that is the case.

Follow live coverage from practice at the F1 Miami Grand Prix below:

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Final Standings

And here’s your final standings for FP2. The best practice session Mercedes have enoyed this season and it feels like a legitimate three-team battle could occur this weekend.

Miami delivering so far!

Luke Baker6 May 2src22 23:43

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

An intriguing second session and huge positives to take from it for Mercedes.

George Russell sets the fastest time of the day, closely followed by Charles Leclerc in 2nd, with Sergio Perez 3rd.

A bad day for Max Verstappen though who barely got out of the pits and when he did, saw his brakes catch on fire…

Luke Baker6 May 2src22 23:37

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

Spins aplenty at the end

Luke Baker6 May 2src22 23:33

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

Yellow flag after Kevin Magnussen spins. There’s only a minute left, so unlikely that we’ll get any quicker laps now

Luke Baker6 May 2src22 23:29

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

Perez’s spin when trying to overtake Vettel

Luke Baker6 May 2src22 23:28

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

Today’s practice sessions have suggest that, for the first time this season, we might actually have three teams all capable of winning! Only two-tenths of a second separating Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes. It should make for incredibly exciting racing.

A reminder of the top of the leaderboard, it’s Russell (Mercedes), from Leclerc (Ferrari), from Perez (Red Bull). Then Lewis Hamilton 4th.

Luke Baker6 May 2src22 23:27

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

Sergio Perez goes for an overtake on Sebastian Vettel and runs off the track. You’ll have to be cleaner than that during the race, Checo!

Luke Baker6 May 2src22 23:25

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

Uh oh – we’re seeing the first signs of some porpoising on this track – which is cars bouncing up of the surface. It’s been a huge problem for Mercedes this term and Ferrari have also struggled with it (but coped better).

Leclerc’s Ferrari and Hamilton’s Mercedes starting to show it for the first time today

Luke Baker6 May 2src22 23:25

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

8 minutes left and we’re back underway. Time for a couple of flying laps for most cars should they fancy it.

Bottas, Verstappen, Sainz and Latifi certianly won’t be coming out of the pit lane

Luke Baker6 May 2src22 23:23

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Miami Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

Here’s Latifi causing the red flag. We’ll be back underway imminently though

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