LEWIS HAMILTON began P6 for the Miami Grand Prix after a powerful qualifying.
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton touched wheels (Picture: SKYSPORTS)
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Lewis Hamilton was straight on staff radio after the primary few corners of the Miami Grand Prix to complain of contact from Fernando Alonso popping out of Flip One. The seven-time world champion returned to Q3 on Saturday and impressed with a P6 for Sunday’s race.
However Hamilton was gradual off the road and was rapidly in a battle with Pierre Gasly to carry onto his place. The AlphaTauri acquired the transfer previous Hamilton with the Mercedes driver noticeably locking up.
The dearth of traction popping out of the nook then allowed Alonso to return on the skin and take the racing line into Flip Two. With higher traction out the nook, Alonso made his transfer and Hamilton clearly did not see Alonso as he appeared to show in barely earlier than being bumped by his former team-mate on his left rear.
“I believe I’ve been hit from behind,” Hamilton stated on staff radio.
Drivers had been jostling for place after the race begin (Picture: GETTY)
They had been wheel to wheel although with the race stewards feeling no purpose to analyze the incident. Hamilton’s automotive seemed to be working superb after that second although as he rapidly moved again as much as seventh after overtaking Alonso on lap three.
However the 37-year-old nonetheless did not really feel proper within the cockpit, getting on staff radio to say: “Undoubtedly looks like I’ve acquired harm on the left rear.”
Mercedes did not see any information on their screens to counsel there was in truth any harm on his left rear. And he was quickly again up his unique place of P6 after overtaking Gasly to search out Valtteri Bottas.
George Russell, in the meantime, began on the exhausting compound tyre and in addition slipped down the pack early on. However the younger Brit quickly discovered himself additional up the grid after the primary set of pit stops.
Additional ahead, Max Verstappen additionally took the lead from Charles Leclerc early on with each Ferraris struggling to match the Crimson Bull’s tempo. However Sergio Perez discovered himself in a sticky scenario halfway by the race when he complained of a lack of energy.
Perez stated on staff radio: “I am dropping energy.” Crimson Bull had been fast to say all was superb regardless of Perez being round 4 seconds a lap slower on the time.
He was initially inside a second of Carlos Sainz, however that transient concern value him beneficial time.