After a fairly tortuous weekend in the practice sessions, Lewis Hamilton has qualified P6 for the Miami GP and beaten his team mate and young pretender to his crown George Russell.
In the final practice sessions the Mercedes cars were toward the bottom of the time sheets. But a reversion to the car setup of yesterday changed everything in qualifying.
Hamilton was quicker than Russell in Q1 and Q2, with George failing to make the cut for the final qualifying top ten shootout.
He made a mistake on his first run and had to abort, then Russell posted a time good enough for the top ten, but lost time in turning around the car for fresh tyres and his final run.
In many ways it’s only to be expected he makes mistakes like this as he learns what it is like to drive for a top team. Russell will be up against it to catch his team mate in the race tomorrow and this buys Lewis some breathing space and hopefully a confidence builder after his equal worst start to an F1 season since he joined the sport.