Lewis Hamilton’s troubles continue with woeful sprint qualifying showing in Miami

Max Verstappen took pole position for Saturday’s sprint race as both Mercedes drivers floundered

Philip Duncan
Friday 03 May 2024 22:47 BST
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Lewis Hamilton’s troubled season continued in Miami after he qualified only 12th for Saturday’s sprint race at the Hard Rock Stadium.

As Max Verstappen put his Red Bull on pole position, Hamilton, who has so far failed to finish in the top six this season, grazed the wall as he was eliminated in Q2.

Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell also failed to make it into the final phase, taking 11th place, on another disappointing afternoon for Mercedes in the Sunshine State.

“I have got nothing,” said Hamilton over the radio following his premature exit from qualifying which determines the grid for Saturday’s 19-lap dash.

The dejected seven-time world champion then shook his head as he departed his Mercedes.

The Silver Arrows have brought a revised machine to Florida, fast-tracking an upgraded floor originally due for the next round in Imola in a fortnight’s time.

Lewis Hamilton qualified only 12th for Saturday’s sprint race in Miami
Lewis Hamilton qualified only 12th for Saturday’s sprint race in Miami (Getty Images)

But the new package failed to reverse the fortunes of a team labouring in fourth place in the constructors’ standings.

Team principal Toto Wolff put his forehead in his hands after seeing both drivers fail to make it out of Q2.

Verstappen is on course to waltz to his fourth world championship in as many years and the Dutchman put the team’s off-track troubles to one side – after designer Adrian Newey announced he is leaving Red Bull at the end of the year – to take spot.


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

Charles Leclerc qualified second for Ferrari with Sergio Perez third and Daniel Ricciardo fourth for RB.

However, Verstappen, who appeared to be struggling with the handling of his all-conquering Red Bull machine, was surprised he had managed to see off his rivals.

“Lol,” he said over the radio after edging out Leclerc by 0.108 seconds. “What happened to the others? This was terrible but I will take it.”

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz qualified fifth, with Oscar Piastri sixth for McLaren. Lando Norris could manage only ninth after he finished eight tenths off the pace.

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