In the morning he saved the accident with a spin at very high speed in the linked four-five, but Carlos Sainz’s Free Practice 2 ended on the concrete and with the front suspension damaged after a crash in the slow sector of Miami Gardens. He was still leading the session then, but the day became complex from then on, because apart from the sensations that vanish are the kilometers that are not completed. With the glass half full, it was only Friday: no point has escaped so far and the man from Madrid aspires to everything this Saturday in the standings. And therefore, on Sunday at the race. The Ferrari is going well, Leclerc set the second fastest time behind Russell’s Mercedes. The Silver Arrows, by the way, are wearing a different face this weekend and the porpoising seems lighter now.
Pérez was third, Hamilton fourth and a good Alonso, always quick to adapt to unknown circuits, completed the top-5 less than half a second from the head of the race. The differences are small and the two greats, Red Bull and Ferrari, have not yet stood out in the time table. Verstappen did not complete a lap because after a change in his gearbox he had problems on the track (a slight fire in the rear axle). It was bad for Sainz, with the blow. And worse to Bottas, with a strong crash in the morning that prevented him from leaving. Latifi generated another red flag but this time it was not his fault: breakdown.