Who else but defending champion Max Verstappen got their hands on the first Florida Grand Prix in Formula 1 history?
Updated yesterday at 5:19pm.
It’s the second straight win and third in five grands prix this season for the Red Bull driver, who shot clean in the sweltering Miami heat. He also drove the fastest lap.
“I think I could use a drink, my friend!” “Thrown the Dutchman into his mic after his single seater stalled.
It was around 38 degrees on the track when the start took place in front of around 82,000 spectators. The temperature varied from start to finish, reaching 46 degrees at one point.
“It was an incredible race, really physically,” said the Dutchman at the F1 microphone. But I think we kept it exciting until the end. »
Verstappen’s main rival this season, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, finished second, followed by teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. The other Red Bull, driven by Sergio Pérez, finished just short of the podium.
This is the third time this season that the Ferrari drivers have both finished on the podium. And it happens this time on the day of the 40thand Death of Gilles Villeneuve.
“Physically, it was a really difficult race,” agreed Leclerc. […] At some point towards the end I thought I could catch up with Max, but she [les Red Bull] had speed advantage. But it was fun. It’s great to see so many people [dans les gradins] once again ! »
Leclerc remains 19 points clear of Verstappen at the top of the Drivers’ Championship, while Scuderia now sit 6 points ahead of Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship.
Let’s be honest: This first passage of the supreme discipline of motorsport in Florida will not necessarily shape the atmosphere in terms of spectacle on the track.
The start of the race, if not the first half, didn’t see much action. From the rolling start, Verstappen, third on the grid, passed Sainz from the outside to slot in behind Leclerc, his main rivals since the start of the season.
The two leaders in the drivers’ standings quickly pulled away from their pursuers, but the Ferrari didn’t stay on top for long. Due to damage to the right front wheel, he lost speed and allowed the reigning world champion to overtake on the right at 9 a.mand lap to take the reins of the race.
From there, the gap between the two riders only increased. Verstappen held a nearly 8-second lead over Leclerc in 40and lap when an accident between Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri and Lando Norris’ McLaren forced the exit of the safety car. After going off the track, Gasly dodged and got into Norris’ line. There was contact between the right rear wheel of the McLaren and the left front wheel of the AlphaTauri.
The raise at 46and in turn, Leclerc gave a better chance to overtake his opponent, but without much success. The leading group ultimately stayed the same.
The show was more interesting in the middle of the pack. Especially Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) fought a great fight for 9th placeand place, but a collision at the end of the course eventually relegated them to 16th placeand and 17and rows. Schumacher thus escaped his first points in F1.
Lewis Hamilton, who has been struggling with various problems at the wheel of his Mercedes since the start of the season, finished where he started, 6thand Position.
For his part, Quebecer Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) finished 10thand Rank and Torontonian Nicholas Latifi (Williams), on 14and. Note that the two Aston Martins had to start from the pits due to a fuel issue.
Norris and Gasly did not finish the race. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Remeo) retired at 8and round.
Overall standings of the Miami Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) covered 308,484 km in 1 hour 34:24.258
- Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) at 37.86
- Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) 82.29
- Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull) 10,638
- George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) 18,582
- Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 21,368
- Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo) 25,073
- Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine Renault) 28,386
- Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes) 32,365
- Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin Mercedes) 37,026
- Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine Renault) 37.128
- Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 40.146
- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren Mercedes) 40.902
- Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 49,936
- Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 1:13.305
- Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) 1 lap
- Sebastian Vettel (GER / Aston Martin-Mercedes) in 3 laps