Lewis Hamilton summoned to the stewards

Lewis Hamilton experienced a difficult qualifying, nearly rear-ending the Haas of Kevin Magnussen on his way to an early exit from the session.

Lewis Hamilton was ordered to meet with the Formula 1 stewards after he was eliminated from qualifying in P13.

During the opening stages of qualifying, Hamilton had a near-miss with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen around Turn 17.

Hamilton was forced into touching the wall to avoid a worse incident with the Danish driver, resulting in the Brit pitting for a front wing check.

Qualifying was a tale of two halves for Hamilton and Magnussen, with the Brit eliminated in Q2, while Magnussen would go on to secure a top 4 start.

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The two drivers were summoned to the stewards at 17:30 local time over alleged breaches of Articles 33.4 and 37.5 of the sporting regulations.

The alleged infringements relate to cars driven “unnecessarily slowly or in a manner deemed potentially dangerous” and drivers having “unnecessarily impeded” others.

Haas could be on course for the first podium in the team’s history after a red flag cut Q3 short, leaving an unusual grid for Miami’s Grand Prix.

Sergio Perez leads the way, putting him on course for a second consecutive victory, with Fernando Alonso lining up alongside him on the front row.

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Carlos Sainz is sat in P3, while Magnussen is sat just outside the top three.

The Alpine of Pierre Gasly rounds out the top five, with the Mercedes of George Russell sat in P6.

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Title-leader Max Verstappen is sat down in P9 after his flying lap was interrupted by Charles Leclerc’s crash into the barriers – the second time the Monegasque spun into the barriers this weekend.

With Verstappen stuck near the bottom of the top ten, Red Bull’s hopes of securing a fifth consecutive victory of the season could rest with Perez.

If Perez takes victory in Miami, he will find himself leading the Drivers’ Standings for the first time in his career.