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Mercedes are currently at the top of the timesheet for the first time this season, after FP2 at the Miami Grand Prix. George Russell took the fastest time ahead of the current Driver Standings leader Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez with Lewis Hamilton coming up fourth.

The team have been experiencing many issues this season which have hindered their performance massively. The main issue has come in the form of porpoising, meaning the drivers are not able to go foot to the floor on the straights and suffer with physical pain from driving, as George Russell recently spoke about. However, is Miami where this will change now that we have seen a much faster pace from the W13?

Many Mercedes fans have been patiently waiting for the Miami Grand Prix as the team promised upgrades to the W13 that should release the full, or at least more, potential of the car.

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Russell has been consistently showing his reliability on the track this season and after coming second fastest on FP1 today and then taking the lead in FP2 with a lap time of 1:29.938.

Following Russell was Leclerc for Ferrari and then Perez for Red Bull. Hamilton currently sits in fourth on the timesheet.

A red flag was brought out when Carlos Sainz crashed his Ferrari, and Max Verstappen struggled with his Red Bull which has been unreliable for him throughout the season so far. Lando Norris came followed Hamilton on the timesheet in fifth for McLaren and Pierre Gasly was in sixth for AlphaTauri.

The major upgrades to the Mercedes include modifications to the front wing to reduce the porpoising, however, the Miami track set-up requires the car to be set up for high speed over downforce, which should also help minimise porpoising.

It’s an exciting weekend ahead with Mercedes coming back into the mix with so many strong teams performing well.