Sergio Perez during Miami Grand Prix qualifying
Sergio Perez during Miami Grand Prix qualifying

2024 F1 Miami Grand Prix - Qualifying as it happened

A recap of all the qualifying action at the F1 Miami Grand Prix.

04 May 2024
Back in a bit for qualifying!

That's all for now but we will resume our live coverage ahead of qualifying for Sunday's Miami Grand Prix. 

A reminder that gets underway at 9pm.

Sprint Race report

And check out our report as Verstappen once again proves unbeatable. 

Final results

Here's the full and updated sprint race results after those post-race penalties...

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB20 leads at the start of Sprint. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 6, Miami Grand
Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB20 leads at the start of Sprint…
Hamilton hit with drive-through penalty!

Drama after the chequered flag as Hamilton is handed a drive-through penalty. That will turn into a 20-second penalty, which will see him fall out of the points.

It means Tsunoda does claim the final point on offer in P8. A great afternoon and big points haul for RB!

Rest of the points-scoring places

Piastri comes home sixth, ahead of Hulkenberg and Hamilton, who snatches the final point on offer from Tsunoda on the final lap! 

Verstappen takes the win

Was it ever in doubt? Verstappen takes victory in the sprint ahead of Leclerc.

His Red Bull teammate Perez completes the top three, while Ricciardo takes a strong fourth and valuable points for RB, having fended off Sainz's Ferrari. 

Onto the penultimate lap

Verstappen is cruising to victory, 2.5s clear of Leclerc as we enter the final two laps.

Tsunoda and Hamilton battling for final point

The battle for the final point looks to be between Tsunoda and Hamilton, with Hulkenberg seemingly safe and six seconds up the road in P7. 

Hamilton loses out to Tsunoda

Hamilton once again tries to pass Magnussen around the outside but the Dane goes very deep into the corner, forcing both wide. 

That enabled Tsunoda to take advantage and slip past Hamilton's Mercedes to move into eighth. 

Train of cars building behind Magnussen

Magnussen is helping out Haas teammate Hulkenberg ahead but a train of drivers is building behind him as he continues to defend from Hamilton. 

Hamilton and Magnussen make contact!

Hamilton appeared to have made a move on Magnussen, but the Haas driver nudged his way back ahead after banging wheels with Hamilton. We know how fiesty Magnussen is in defence! 

Magnussen, however, does have a 10-second penalty for cutting the chicane. So he will lose that final point. 

Verstappen not happy despite winning

Asked for a balance update, Verstappen replies: "Terrible, zero grip, like quali."

The Red Bull driver is 2.1 seconds clear of Leclerc.

Field holding station on Lap 10/19

Very little action to report with the top 10 holding station after those early changes to the order. 

Verstapen has extended his lead to over two seconds and looks in control. 

This has not been a thriller so far...

Hamilton 'slow on the straight'

Hamilton complains he is "very slow" on the straight. 

He is chasing Magnussen's Haas hard but despite having the aid of DRS, is unable to make a move so far. 

Norris noted for walking across the track

Lando Norris has been noted for entering the track on foot as he left his stricken McLaren and returned to the pits.

Verstappen pulls a second on Leclerc

Verstappen has broken clear of DRS threat from Leclerc already as he leads by 1.3s already. 

Ricciardo, meanwhile, has been passed by Perez, who reclaims third place.

Back racing on Lap 4

We are back to green as Verstappen leads the field away from Leclerc.

Order under the Safety Car!

1) Verstappen, 2) Leclerc, 3) Ricciardo, 4) Perez, 5) Sainz, 6) Piastri, 7) Hulkenberg, 8) Magnussen, 9) Hamilton, 10) Tsunoda. 

A pretty bad start for Russell, who has slipped three places to 14th. 

Norris out!

Norris has been left stranded in the run-off area after being hit by Stroll after the two Aston Martin drivers got together in a messy situation at Turn 1. 

Hamilton also tagged Alonso after steaming down the inside of Turn 1. Alonso has been left with a puncture and is down to 18th.

"There was a gap on the inside so I went for it," Hamilton claims over team radio.

Safety Car!

The safety car is deployed with Norris stopped on track after an incident at the start.

Verstappen holds his lead

Verstappen gets away well and holds onto the lead from Leclerc into Turn 1.

Ricciardo barges past Perez to move into third! 

Lights out!

The five red lights go out and we are racing in Miami for the first time this weekend!

Tyre choices revealed

Everyone is starting on the medium compound except Yuki Tsunoda and Logan Sargeant, who have gone for softs. 

Penalty for Ocon!

A huge blow to Ocon's hopes of scoring Alpine's first point of the season.

He has been hit with a 10-second time penalty he will have to serve in the sprint race for that bizarre pit lane collision with Leclerc. 

A costly error. 

10 minutes to lights out!

We are edging closer to the start. Will it be another sprint success for Verstappen, or can someone stop him?