The Miami International Autodrome hosted Round 6 of the 2024 Formula One World Championship this weekend and the second Sprint weekend of the season. Tsunoda would have a positive Sprint whilst Albon and Zhou would have a quieter time. Asian Motorsport reviews all the action from the Sprint in Miami.

By Seb Tirado

Free Practice

Tsunoda during Free Practice | Credit: Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

The only Free Practice session of the weekend would see Tsunoda go 8th in his very colourful VCARB 01 with a 1:29.056. Albon and Zhou would go 14th and 15th with a 1:29.393 and 1:29.445 respectively.

Sprint Qualifying

SQ1 would see Albon eliminated from the session and qualify 20th with a 1:29.858 after getting a lap time deleted that would’ve qualified him 16th. He would then be penalised with a pit lane start for breaking parc fermé with a suspension change. Zhou would also be eliminated from the session with a 1:29.267, qualifying 18th. Tsunoda would progress through to SQ2 in 10th with a 1:28.687.

Tsunoda during Sprint Qualifying | Credit: Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

The Japanese driver would be eliminated in SQ2 and ultimately qualify 15th after not setting a valid lap time in the session.

Sprint

Tsunoda, Zhou and Albon would all avoid the T1 incident at the start of the Sprint, moving up to 10th, 13th and 16th respectively before the Safety Car was called for the recovery of Lando Norris’ stricken McLaren.
The Sprint would restart at the end of Lap 3 and would settle down for a good number of laps. At the start of Lap 11, Albon would overtake Valtteri Bottas for 15th heading into T1.

Tsunoda leading the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton during the Sprint | Credit: Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

On Lap 14, Tsunoda would capitalise on a tangle between Kevin Magnussen and Lewis Hamilton heading into T11, stealing 9th away from Hamilton as the two went through T13. Tsunoda would overtake Magnussen shortly after on the next lap as they headed into T1. Tsunoda would start defending his position and would do so effectively until the final lap of the Sprint when Hamilton would overtake him in the T11-12-13 complex.

Tsunoda would finish 9th on the road but would be promoted to 8th after Hamilton was given a post-race 20-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane during the Safety Car period. Elsewhere, quiet but clean races for Zhou and Albon would see them finish in 11th and 13th respectively. Zhou would comment that “the Sprint race was quite uneventful: starting P17 meant that I was stuck in a DRS train where it was quite difficult to overtake, but we managed to make the most of other people’s mistakes.”

Formula One Drivers’ Championship Top 10

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 118
  2. Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) – 91
  3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 83
  4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 73
  5. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 58
  6. Oscar Piastri (McLaren) – 41
  7. George Russell (Mercedes) – 33
  8. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) – 31
  9. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 19
  10. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – 9

Formula One Constructors’ Championship Top 5

  1. Red Bull Racing – 209
  2. Scuderia Ferrari – 162
  3. McLaren – 99
  4. Mercedes-AMG – 52
  5. Aston Martin – 40

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