Lewis Hamilton accused of ‘ruining loads of of us’s races’ as nightmare season continues

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes walks in the Paddock prior to the Sprint

Lewis Hamilton wore a ultimate-looking out outfit within the paddock earlier than the run but had one other disappointing speed – Getty Images/Jared C. Tilton

Max Verstappen dominated proceedings at the Miami Huge Prix on Saturday, as expected, taking victory within the run speed earlier than qualifying on pole for Sunday’s predominant aim speed. However the day was overshadowed by some stinging criticism of Lewis Hamilton by rival Fernando Alonso, who accused the Briton of “ruining loads of of us’s races” after a first-corner shunt within the short-format run.

In a observation which can per chance neatly appeal to the distinction of the game’s governing physique the FIA, Alonso additionally alleged Hamilton only shunned a penalty from the stewards for that incident because he was “now not Spanish”.

Hamilton, starting P12 within the Ride after a elaborate qualifying session on Friday, obtained away neatly within the 19-lap speed. But as he flew up the within of his opponents into Flip 1, he may per chance now not obtain faraway from contact with the Aston Martin of Alonso out of doorways him.

Alonso, discovering himself squeezed between Hamilton and teammate Lance Stroll, additionally made contact with the latter, with the Canadian in turn clipping the rear wheel of Lando Norris’ McLaren.

The incident, which brought out a security automobile, precipitated both Stroll and Norris to retire from the speed, an extremely painful for Norris who had looked as if he had the tempo to qualify on pole on Friday.

Alonso, within the period in-between, picked up a puncture, within the kill finishing 17th.

And the Spaniard, who accused Hamilton over his radio of having arrived at T1 “admire a bull”, didn’t conceal his feelings afterwards, laying blame for the collision squarely at the door of the Mercedes driver and suggesting darkly that stewards would own penalised the seven-time world champion had he been Spanish fairly than British.

“We’ll come all the plan in which thru what they [the stewards] obtain,” the two-time world champion stated, it appears unaware they had already checked out, and disregarded, the incident. “I accept as true with they obtained’t obtain something, because he isn’t Spanish. But I have confidence he ruined loads of of us’s races, especially Norris – who has a extremely mercurial automobile.”

Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso after the sprint race

Fernando Alonso was now not elated after a collision with Lewis Hamilton throughout the run speed – Reuters/Marco Bello

Stewards retrieve the car of McLaren's Lando Norris during the sprint race in Miami

Stewards retrieve the automobile of Lando Norris throughout the run speed in Miami – Reuters/Marco Bello

Talking after the run speed, Norris agreed with Alonso that it was “glaring” who was in cost for the shatter. “Lewis dived up the within and precipitated the incident,” Norris advised the skilled F1 channel. “Nothing I may per chance attain about that.”

The stewards, explaining their determination to judge no further lumber, well-liked that the first collision in actual fact took plight between Alonso and Stroll, fairly than Alonso and Hamilton. But they added that the “mercurial arrival” of Hamilton had surely contributed to the pileup.

“Nonetheless,” they persisted, “we were now not ready to title one or more drivers wholly or predominantly in cost for the many collisions or any regarded as one of them. Furthermore keeping in mind that this was in Flip 1 of Lap 1 where better latitude is given to drivers for incidents, we took no further lumber.”

Hamilton’s mood gain now not were helped by how his Ride speed within the kill panned out.

Though the 39 300 and sixty five days-extinct survived the first-corner contact, he spent loads of the ensuing 19 laps stuck within the wait on of the Haas of Kevin Magnussen.

The Dane picked up no fewer than three penalties in a decided relate to protect off Hamilton, all of them “neatly deserved” by Magnussen’s maintain admission, in tell to allow his teammate Nico Hulkenberg to flee up the road.

And when Hamilton did at last take care of to lumber the Haas, and Yuki Tsunoda’s Alpine, to attain eighth, and web up a solitary level, the Briton’s misery persisted as he was hit with a pressure-thru penalty for speeding within the pitlane. Given he may per chance now not wait on it as the speed was over, that converted right into a 20-2nd put up-speed time penalty, losing Hamilton to P16. Satirically one plight earlier than Alonso.

It’s getting CLOSE between Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen and Yuki Tsunoda takes lend a hand! 🫣

The Haas driver already has a 10-2nd penalty for going off course earlier ⚠

— Sky Sports actions F1 (@SkySportsF1) Could just 4, 2024

Hamilton’s teammate George Russell didn’t own rather more luck, getting stuck in a DRS snarl and finishing 12th having began 11th.

On the entrance of the speed, Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with a minimal of fuss to lengthen his lead within the drivers’ championship.

“Successfully accomplished, Max. First protect of the weekend accomplished,” commented the sphere champion’s speed engineer Gianpiero Lambiase after the chequered flag dropped.

Verstappen surely looks odds on to manufacture it a run weekend double, as he did in China last outing. The Dutch driver beat Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to pole in qualifying for the predominant speed later on Saturday afternoon. Verstappen was 0.141 seconds sooner than Leclerc. Carlos Sainz made it a Ferrari two-three earlier than the 2nd Crimson Bull of Sergio Perez.

McLaren’s Lando Norris may per chance now not rather get the tempo he confirmed on Friday but the 24 300 and sixty five days-extinct will line up fifth for the speed earlier than crew-mate Oscar Piastri.

Russell and Hamilton, who unconventionally took medium tyres on their closing runs in qualifying, were seventh and eighth.”

Verstappen wins run: As it took plight…

06: 45 PM BST

Qualifying attain up

We are able to be wait on in a minute for qualifying for Sunday’s speed, which kicks off at 9pm BST.

06: 42 PM BST

Zizou in Miami

Zinedine Zidane with Charles Leclerc after the race

Zinedine Zidane (left) in Miami – Mario Renzi/Getty Images

06: 39 PM BST

How the run speed began

06: 34 PM BST

Miami having fun within the sun

06: 32 PM BST

Lewis reflects on run speed

“I have confidence that is graceful honest of him and I have confidence that is graceful wintry.” 🤝

Lewis Hamilton on Kevin Magnussen’s aggressive defensive driving and admission he had to attain it for the ideal of his Haas crew’s outcome.

— Sky Sports actions F1 (@SkySportsF1) Could just 4, 2024

06: 28 PM BST

Russell a minute disgruntled

06: 23 PM BST

Sixth plight for Piastri

06: 21 PM BST

Daniel Ricciardo a elated man

“It’s a elated feeling. It’s a extremely effective feeling.” 💪

Daniel Ricciardo reflects on his first top four attain for the explanation that 2021 Russian Huge Prix! 👏

— Sky Sports actions F1 (@SkySportsF1) Could just 4, 2024

06: 16 PM BST

Ricciardo finishes fourth

06: 11 PM BST

Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg talking to Sky Sports actions

“We don’t receives a commission to present up positions, we receives a commission to speed laborious” 💰🏎

Nico Hulkenberg on teammate Kevin Magnussen’s ways which helped Haas rating points within the Ride 👇

— Sky Sports actions F1 (@SkySportsF1) Could just 4, 2024

06: 09 PM BST

Toto Wolff talking to Sky Sports actions

“I don’t think you may per chance per chance additionally request plenty in a Ride speed. There was now not loads of overtaking. You shall be ready to search out a lickety-split automobile on the straight admire Ricciardo is ready to protect wait on the snarl and cease up where he began.

“I have confidence the penalty for pit-lane speeding, these items can happen… these errors. In that admire I have confidence the tempo of the automobile was now not so defective at the present time, from the restricted quantity we were ready to behold there.

“Setup moving, clearly we must substitute route for qualy. We weren’t working the mediums the least bit (in Ride Qualifying). Actually zero grip, and then you gain all of the snaps and also you don’t own any efficiency anymore. It’s no excuse. We’ve considered it with other groups, McLaren in Q3 on the softs and all with out extend going backwards. They remain a minute bit of a trick, on the opposite hand it’s the same for all individuals.”

06: 01 PM BST

Haas’ Kevin Magnussen talking to Sky Sports actions

“The full penalties were neatly deserved – no query about it. But I had to play the game all over again.

“I was in a extremely correct plight within the wait on of Nico [Hulkenberg, his Haas team-mate] there. In the starting of the speed I won loads of positions and was up in P8. I was keeping neatly from Lewis because I had the DRS from Nico and I had correct tempo. Then Nico decrease the chicane and I lost the DRS. Nico may per chance own on condition that wait on to present me the DRS to offer protection to because then we’d own with out peril been P7 and P8.

“Instead I was in actual fact weak to Lewis. Started combating with him admire crazy and I had to correct manufacture the outlet admire I did in Jeddah. I started using these tiring ways which I don’t admire doing, but the head of the day I did my job as a crew participant and Nico scored his points because I obtained that gap for him so Lewis and Tsunoda couldn’t settle him. Not the manner I maintain to lumber racing the least bit on the opposite hand it was what I had to attain at the present time.”

05: 57 PM BST

Stout classification

  1. Max Verstappen

  2. Charles Leclerc

  3. Sergio Perez

  4. Daniel Ricciardo

  5. Carlos Sainz

  6. Oscar Piastri

  7. Nico Hulkenberg

  8. Yuki Tsunoda

  9. Pierre Gasly

  10. Logan Sargeant

  11. Zhou Guanyu

  12. George Russell

  13. Alex Albon

  14. Valtteri Bottas

  15. Esteban Ocon

  16. Lewis Hamilton

  17. Fernando Alonso

  18. Kevin Magnussen


Lance Stroll

Lando Norris

05: 55 PM BST

Third plight Sergio Perez

“It was in actual fact laborious to gain thru Daniel at the starting. Once I obtained thru I was three seconds from Charles and given the short length of the speed it was graceful tricky. I was getting within two seconds but then it was rather laborious to gain a minute bit closer.

“Anyway, let’s come all the plan in which thru forward for the reduction of the weekend. The followers are wonderful. It’s in actual fact good to be right here with all of them and I in actual fact hope I can provide them a tall speed this weekend.”

05: 52 PM BST

2nd plight Charles Leclerc

“I had rather a correct begin and then I was within the within of Flip One and clearly I didn’t are attempting to judge too many dangers because we’ve additionally obtained qualifying later on. If you happen to shatter in Ride you nearly surely don’t participate later on! So I attempted there, we both braked very, very expressionless with Max, but within the kill he obtained to protect the plight.

“I was pushing very laborious but within the first few laps they had a minute more tempo. But then we had a same degradation and so the next day, it’s a protracted speed so qualifying shall be crucial to be starting as grand in entrance as that you may per chance per chance additionally judge. Then confidently we can gain them below rigidity with contrivance.”

05: 49 PM BST

Ride winner Max Verstappen

“My engagement wasn’t correct within the origin so I had to squeeze him (Leclerc) a minute. Fortunately the full thing labored out in turn 1. Then we had the Security Automobile to restful things down a minute bit, but after that, gradually lets lengthen the outlet a minute bit, on the opposite hand it wasn’t fully ideal. So we level-headed own a minute of work to attain.

“As a minimal now with the novel format we can level-headed finetune the automobile a minute bit, so we confidently we can provide a web to it a minute bit for later in qualifying and especially for the next day within the speed. But a protect is correct. I’m soft with that and it provides us a correct few points to search out at to present a web to on.”

05: 49 PM BST

The cease three

Allow us to hear from the head three drivers; Verstappen, Leclerc and Perez…

05: 42 PM BST

Top 8 within the points positions

  1. Verstappen 8pts

  2. Leclerc 7pts

  3. Perez 6pts

  4. Ricciardo 5pts

  5. Sainz 4pts

  6. Piastri 3pts

  7. Hulkenberg 2pts

  8. Tsunoda 1pt

05: 42 PM BST

Hamilton slapped with penalty

Hamilton was below investigation for a pitlane infringement and he has now bought a pressure-thru penalty, which takes him out of the points because it equates to a 20-2nd penalty as he can now not wait on the pressure-thru penalty after the speed. It appears unfamiliar that the stewards didn’t punish about a drivers within the origin for crashing Norris out of the speed but handed out loads of penalties throughout the reduction of the run.

05: 38 PM BST

Three penalties for Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen has correct bought a 5-2nd penalty, which technique he has bought three penalties within the run totaling 25 seconds.

05: 37 PM BST

Ricciardo fourth

Daniel Ricciardo holds onto fourth plight, two tenths of a 2nd earlier than Carlos Sainz. Oscar Piastri comes dwelling half of a 2nd within the wait on of Sainz. Nico Hulkenberg comes dwelling in seventh. On the last lap Lewis Hamilton managed to gain past Yuki Tsunoda for eighth.

05: 35 PM BST

Verstappen wins run

Max Verstappen comes all the plan in which thru the dual carriageway to protect the run. Charles Leclerc comes dwelling in 2nd adopted by Sergio Perez.

05: 34 PM BST

Lap 19 of 19

Ricciardo is holding onto fourth for the time being. We are onto the closing lap and it looks admire Verstappen goes to actual the run protect.

05: 31 PM BST

Lap 17 of 19- Top 10

  1. Verstappen

  2. Leclerc

  3. Perez

  4. Ricciardo

  5. Sainz

  6. Piastri

  7. Hulkenberg

  8. Tsunoda

  9. Hamilton

  10. Magnussen

05: 31 PM BST

Lap 16 of 19- one other penalty for Magnussen

The Dane already had one 10-2nd penalty, but you may per chance per chance additionally now manufacture that two. It’s a long way all going to devices for the Haas driver.

05: 29 PM BST

Lap 15 of 19- Magnussen losing

Tsunoda has obtained past Magnussen as has Hamilton. Magnussen is down into 10th and has a 10-2nd penalty.

05: 27 PM BST

Lap 14 of 19- ding-dong battle for eighth

Magnussen and Hamilton are having an actual fight for the closing level within the run. Magnussen has been given a dusky and white flag for video display infringements, which technique if he does all of it over again he will receive one other penalty.

Into turn 11 Hamilton tries to lumber on the out of doorways as he tries to overtake Magnussen. The Dane holds plight on the within but they both lumber deep. That enables Tsunoda to gain past Hamilton into ninth.

It’s getting CLOSE between Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen and Yuki Tsunoda takes lend a hand! 🫣

The Haas driver already has a 10-2nd penalty for going off course earlier ⚠

— Sky Sports actions F1 (@SkySportsF1) Could just 4, 2024

05: 24 PM BST

Lap 11 of 19- Hamilton struggling with Magnussen

Into turn 11 Hamilton tries to lumber on the out of doorways to gain past Magnussen, but the Dane holds on. Hamilton tries the switch-wait on but Magnussen correct about holds on. The two drives manufacture contact. But Magnussen has correct been slapped with a 10-2nd penalty for leaving the video display and gaining an lend a hand.

Hamilton is now below investigation for a pitlane incident.

05: 21 PM BST

Lap 10 of 19- Ricciardo holding onto fourth

Ricciardo has lost the DRS within the wait on of Perez and he is below gigantic rigidity from both Sainz and Piastri.

Further wait on in direction of the backside of the head ten Hamilton is within the wait on of both Haas drivers.

05: 18 PM BST

Lap 8 of 19- Top 10

  1. Verstappen

  2. Leclerc

  3. Perez

  4. Ricciardo

  5. Sainz

  6. Piastri

  7. Hulkenberg

  8. Magnussen

  9. Hamilton

  10. Tsunoda

05: 14 PM BST

Lap 5 of 19- Perez passes Ricciardo

With DRS activated, Perez sends it down the within of turn 11 and takes third from Ricciardo.

05: 11 PM BST

Lap 4 of 19- inexperienced flag

We are wait on racing. Sooner than the safety automobile got right here out Ricciardo obtained earlier than Perez and into third plight.

05: 10 PM BST

Lap 3 of 19- SC instances

The stewards own decided no further lumber mandatory, which appears absurd pondering about a of the reckless driving from Hamilton and the Astons. Stroll is out of the speed after selecting up damage within the incident. Alonso has attain in for a substitute of entrance wings. The protection automobile is coming in at the head of this lap.

“I’m unsure I accept as true with that determination” 🤔❌

McLaren boss Zak Brown reacts to the solutions there shall be no further lumber on the first-corner clash that noticed Lando Norris retire 🟠

— Sky Sports actions F1 (@SkySportsF1) Could just 4, 2024

05: 09 PM BST

Lap 2 of 19- SC instances

The drives are coming thru the pitlane to protect faraway from any particles into turn one. Norris was minding his maintain industry on the out of doorways of turn one, giving gigantic dwelling to all individuals else. Hamilton got right here recklessly flying up the within and made contact with Alonso. The two Astons touched and then Stroll collided into Norris.

05: 06 PM BST

Lap 1 of 19- Norris out as safety automobile comes out

The protection automobile has been brought out as Norris’s automobile is stationary at turn one. The incident is precipitated by Hamilton and the two Aston Martins, who then whack into Norris.

05: 05 PM BST

Lights out

We are below plan within the run in Miami. Leclerc tries to down the within of Verstappen but the Dutchman holds on to first plight. There are yellow flags waving at turn one as Norris looks admire he is out of the speed.

05: 00 PM BST

Formation lap

The drives are making their plan around the video display on the formation lap and we are correct moments faraway from lights out within the run.

There are 19 laps on this run, without a compulsory pit-stops and a free need of tyres. Parts are readily available from first the full manner down to eighth.

Every person appears on the medium tyres, besides RB’s Yuki Tsunoda and Williams’ Logan Sargeant, who’re on the softs attain the wait on of the grid. Sargeant’s teammate Alex Albon starts from the pitlane.

04: 56 PM BST

Lando Norris, starting ninth within the run, talking to Sky

“The automobile was very correct the day earlier than at the present time. We vogue of correct lost it a minute on the soft tyre in SQ3. I have confidence we know why and we’ll strive to resurrect it for qualy later at the present time.

“But I have confidence the tempo on the medium was solid and confidently that shows all over again at the present time.”

04: 49 PM BST

Penalty for Ocon

Because that pitlane incident, Esteban Ocon has been slapped with a 10-2nd penalty. Ocon starts 13th within the run.

04: 47 PM BST

Beginning grid for the run

Here is the starting top ten for the run:

  1. Max Verstappen

  2. Charles Leclerc

  3. Sergio Perez

  4. Daniel Ricciardo

  5. Carlos Sainz

  6. Oscar Piastri

  7. Lance Stroll

  8. Fernando Alonso

  9. Lando Norris

  10. Nico Hulkenberg

Mercedes duo George Russell and Lewis Hamilton begin 11th and 12th respectively.

04: 38 PM BST

No essential damage for Leclerc

Charles Leclerc shall be relieved that the contact with Esteban Ocon has now not precipitated any essential damage, on the opposite hand it does appear admire there may per chance be a minute bit of damage to the rim and wheel. Ferrari are anxiously checking to behold if there may per chance be to any extent further areas for discipline, including the diffuser.

“Presumably the mechanic did ship him out at the ethical time but he didn’t lumber mercurial ample” 🤔

Ted and Danica on Esteban Ocon’s pitlane incident ⬇

— Sky Sports actions F1 (@SkySportsF1) Could just 4, 2024

04: 35 PM BST

Incident within the pitlane

As the drivers are making their plan out to the grid, there was contact between Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon within the pitlane. Leclerc was taking place the pitlane and Ocon for some reason was released by Alpine into Leclerc’s path. Unsurprisingly Alpine are below investigation for an unsafe release. Ferrari own advised Leclerc that there may per chance be now not a damage that they’ll come all the plan in which thru but Ocon has broken his entrance hover as he collided into Leclerc’s rear wheel. Alpine own a spare entrance hover which the mechanics own brought onto the grid, on the opposite hand it has to be the trusty same if there may per chance be to be no penalty.

04: 31 PM BST

The variation between pole and 2nd

04: 27 PM BST

Sky’s Jenson Button on McLaren’s upgrades

“Could own to you come all the plan in which thru at the previous updates that they’ve had, the correlation has been in actual fact correct. They gain it on the video display, and it does because it says on the tin, which is terribly odd in a Formulation 1 crew, because it’s subtle.

“We noticed their tempo in SQ2 and it was mighty. I have confidence they’re in a extremely correct plight. Once they gain all of it collectively and figure out which bits work and which bits don’t from the give a web to, they may per chance per chance be shut to combating with Crimson Bull.

“I know that all individuals appears going to sing, ‘neatly, you’re correct pronouncing that because to safe to own to behold a fight.’ Yeah, I attain are attempting to behold a fight, but right here’s exact.”

04: 22 PM BST

Sky crew focus on Mercedes’ woes

“It’s 300 and sixty five days three of these ground attain regulations, what own we obtained to attain to dial a automobile in?” 😬

Martin Brundle on Mercedes’ woes, with both vehicles out of the head ten in Ride qualifying 👇

— Sky Sports actions F1 (@SkySportsF1) Could just 4, 2024

04: 16 PM BST

Adjustments to the grid

There were a pair of modifications to the grid for the run. Valtteri Bottas has bought a 3-plight grid penalty for impeding Oscar Piastri going into turn one, so he drops from 16th to 19th. Williams’ Alex Albon will begin from the pitlane after making some house-up modifications, which breaches parc-ferme rules.

04: 10 PM BST

Drivers arriving

04: 06 PM BST

Max’s run pole lap

03: 40 PM BST


It’s a busy Saturday in Miami as we own both the run speed and qualifying for Sunday’s speed all on the same day. First up, we own the run at 5pm BST, with qualifying for it taking plight the day earlier than at the present time. Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen will begin the run on pole after qualifying correct over a tenth of a 2nd earlier than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez will begin third with RB’s Daniel Ricciardo securing a extremely surprising fourth plight.

It was a disappointing SQ3 for McLaren, who confirmed tall tempo within the first two run qualifying courses as Lando Norris topped both SQ1 and SQ2. Norris looked destined to discipline Verstappen for run pole but, after a bad opening sector, he accomplished up in ninth. His his closing two sectors in SQ3 were the quickest, but the damage was accomplished by his bad first sector. Norris’ time in SQ2 would own considered him judge pole but his time in SQ3 was 9 tenths slower than his SQ2 time. Norris was annoyed with the errors he made on that lap in SQ3.

“I correct pushed too laborious, uncomplicated as that,” Norris stated. “The automobile was feeling very correct. Fair silly, to be honest – a pair of errors in Flip One and then a huge spiral from there. A shame since the crew own accomplished a correct job. The upgrades are working, soft with the full thing but now not with one order.”

McLaren own brought a raft of upgrades this weekend and, after displaying tall tempo within the opening two run qualifying courses, they’re going to be upset with where they’re going to be starting the run. Norris has all of the upgrades on his automobile whereas his teammate Oscar Piastri, who will the run in sixth, has half of of the upgrades. Piastri may per chance own all of the upgrades on his automobile in Imola next outing. Pole-sitter Verstappen admitted after run qualifying that he was surprised to be on pole for at the present time’s run.

“To be honest, it felt in actual fact dreadful. Presumably that last session was correct extremely subtle to gain the tyres to work. I didn’t in actual fact give a web to plenty on the soft but by some means we were first. Observe felt in actual fact good, it felt admire the automobile was in a extremely correct window but in qualifying it didn’t in actual fact feel admire that to any extent further. I was in actual fact now not elated.

Max Verstappen walking in the paddock in Miami

Max Verstappen (pictured) starts on pole within the Miami run – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

“In Q3 I noticed I was only going 0.2secs sooner and I was sliding around, no grip and they advised me it was P1 and I thought it’ll additionally just level-headed be a droll memoir but we’ll judge it.”

Mercedes own a huge quantity of work to attain as both George Russell (11th) and Lewis Hamilton (12th) were knocked out in SQ2. After the run, we can own qualifying for Sunday’s speed, that would additionally just judge plight at 9pm BST.

Strap yourselves in for a bumper Saturday in Miami.

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