F1 Qualifying LIVE: Miami Grand Prix updates as Lewis Hamilton fights to avoid elimination

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Follow live Formula 1 coverage from qualifying at the Miami International Autodrome in Florida for the Miami Grand Prix. F1 has arrived in the United States ahead of the highly anticipated inaugural Grand Prix in Miami and excitement is building as drivers take to the track in Florida, battling for position in Sunday’s race.

FP3 on Saturday saw Max Verstappen narrowly avoid disaster late on as he spun, while team-mate Sergio Perez topped the standings ahead of Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari.

In FP1 on Friday, Leclerc – heading into race five of the season with the championship lead after two wins so far this season – set the fastest time as Ferrari impressed again. But defending champion Verstappen and the Red Bulls also showed some pace, while Mercedes finally showed signs of life as George Russell finished in P2, just 0.071 seconds behind Leclerc.

Then in FP2 Mercedes built on that as Russell set the fastest lap and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth. The seven-time world champion’s struggles hit 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 Briton, although Saturday’s times were less encouraging.

Follow live coverage of qualifying at the Miami F1 Grand Prix below:

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Alonso climbs up to sixth place with his last lap so he is safe.

Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris are now 14th and 15th respectively with a handful of cars remaining.

Valtteri Bottas is absent in Q1!

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:21 p.m.

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Last chance saloon for some of these pilots now! Sebastian Vettel is in danger in 15th.

Fernando Alonso leaves Q1 as is.

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:20 p.m.

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1 minute remaining: Lewis Hamilton avoids dropping out of Q1 as he posts a decent time to finish fifth fastest. Good job from the Brit.

Fernando Alonso is now in danger of a Q1 exit.

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:18 p.m.

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2 minutes left: Tsunoda is fifth with a brilliant lap.

Alonso is in danger in 15th place. Hamilton is now all the way back in 18th.

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:17 p.m.

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3 minutes left: Lewis Hamilton came into the pits but it’s a quick stop and he’s back. I don’t know what it was about.

Daniel Ricciardo is fifth behind Ferrari and Red Bull.

The rest of the top 10 spots are taken by Stroll, Norris, Russell, Bottas and Vettel.

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:16 p.m.

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4 minutes left: Fernando Alonso touches the wall! And Lewis Hamilton is on the wrong track!

The seven-time champion has had a bit of a nightmare so far.

Hamilton team-mate George Russell is eighth as we head into the final minutes of Q1

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:14 p.m.

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6 minutes to play: Charles Leclerc leaves the fastest! What a turn for Leclerc as he posts a 1.29.4.

Verstappen is now second, with Sainz third and Perez fourth.

At risk right now are Lewis Hamilton, Pierre Gasly, Nicholas Latifi, Alex Albon and Esteban Ocon.

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:13 p.m.

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8 minutes left: Guanyu Zhou achieves the fifth fastest! Very impressive from the man enjoying his first season in F1.

He is followed by Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc, Fernando Alonso and Mick Schumacher.

Alonso was straight into the top 10 in his first run. He gets the most out of this Alpine.

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:11 p.m.

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10 minutes left: Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas are the only 19 riders who haven’t set a time yet.

Remember that Esteban Ocon is not taking part in qualifying due to his crash and that he will therefore start 20th tomorrow.

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:09 p.m.

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11 minutes left: Max Verstappen is fastest with a 130.2 and Sergio Perez moves up to second, despite being half a second slower than his team-mate.

George Russell then set the third fastest time, failing to overtake Perez by just three hundredths of a second.

Dylan TerryMay 7, 2022 9:08 p.m.

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