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Lewis Hamilton would like some input in designing Miami's F1 track

13 May 2018

"It could be a lot more fun", Hamilton said in Barcelona ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton will be trying to win his second race in a row and add to his four-point lead over Vettel in the drivers' standings.

On the second run, Hamilton reduced his time to a 1m16.173s.

But Hamilton still expects his title rival to be challenging for pole position in today's qualifying shoot out.

Hamilton had also won in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, but that victory came mostly because of incidents involving his closest competitors, including a blown tire for Bottas and a crash between Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen. A Virtual Safety Car period to recover Esteban Ocon's stricken Force India saw Vettel pit for a new set of medium tires - as all of the front-runners were using after starting on softs - but dropped him to fourth place on the road.

Apart from Australia, where Hamilton sped away from pole, Vettel has nailed every qualifying session.

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A last gasp run on the harder compound tyres brought Vettel and Raikkonen to the Mercedes drivers but unable leap-frog them.

Ricciardo, whose Red Bull featured notable aerodynamic upgrades for the opening round of the European season, was only one-tenth of a session adrift of Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton responded by saying that he doubted the changes will make the racing experience any good, that too at the cost of slower cars. Verstappen also went off the track, as did Raikkonen shortly before enduring the mechanical problem.

The Finn plays second fiddle to his teammate throughout the season and may be tempted by top-billing elsewhere, while Mercedes themselves may decide they can get a better deal with a new driver.

The happiest day for any team went to the American Haas F1 Team, who placed 7th and 8th in the afternoon session with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, respectively.

Magnussen qualified seventh. Grosjean was 10th in Q3, despite only being 0.2s adrift of his team-mate's time.

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"I think it would be great to have a race there", McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne said. Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly finished 12th.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso was not among the runners following his huge accident at the end of final practice, which left the rear end of his vehicle wrecked after spinning into the barriers at high speed.

Miami and Formula 1 are working to bring an race to the city in 2019 and a track layout has even been released. Despite finishing free practice one only 19th fastest, he expressed satisfaction with the session. Generally he likes spinning, but on the first lap is not a good time to do it with everyone there.

Those who feel that the current driver line up of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin is the worst in the team's history, could have their case strengthened this weekend.

Stroll almost hit the tire barriers after going off the track with about a half-hour left in the first session.

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Lewis Hamilton would like some input in designing Miami's F1 track