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2024 Miami Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying report and highlights: Verstappen takes pole in Miami Sprint Qualifying ahead of Leclerc and Pérez

SQ2 – Mercedes suffers a double start

Magnussen was the first to take to the track when the 10 minutes of SQ2 began, after a good session by the Dane in SQ1. The drivers again used mandatory medium tires for this segment of Sprint Qualifying.

Most of the remaining 15 drivers looked keen to put in some fast laps and, while Perez led the way as the clock showed five minutes, Norris was fastest of all with a lap of 1m 27.597s.

Ricciardo, who was driving an RB with a special “chameleon” livery this weekend, reported contact with the wall, but the Australian’s car appeared to have escaped unscathed. All eyes then turned to who was at risk of the elimination zone as the final minutes approached.

Verstappen joined the fight late in the session and placed fourth on his only fastest lap, while the Mercedes duo were among those needing to improve. In the end, neither Russell nor Hamilton were able to make it, leaving them in P11 and P12 respectively, and Hamilton, who hit the wall in his lap, was also flagged for a pit lane infringement.

The other drivers who failed to make the cut were Ocon in 13th, Magnussen in 14th and Tsunoda in 15th, with the RB driver apparently making a mistake on his only fastest lap.

Eliminated: Russell, Hamilton, Ocon, Magnussen, Tsunoda