Formula 1 Miami: Verstappen wins, Germans collide

Miami Vice in Formula 1! As befits Max Verstappen, he gets on the podium with a police escort. The Red Bull star is the inaugural Miami GP winner, securing his third win of the season ahead of the paired Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in the race around Hard Rock Stadium. The Dutchman reduced his deficit in the World Championship to 19 points thanks to the fastest race lap. Sergio Perez finishes fourth in the second Red Bull.

“That was a great Grand Prix,” he says happily. “Very exhausting, but exciting to the end.” The Dutchman worked hard to win. At the start he pulls past Sainz in a courageous maneuver, then grabs Leclerc on lap ten and takes a 7.5 second lead.

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A safety car phase after an accident between Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly puts Leclerc within striking distance again. Verstappen can defend the lead to the finish.

Verstappen and Leclerc fought a hot duel in Miami.

Leclerc drenched in sweat: “It was a physically very difficult race. We had problems with the medium tires. That’s why I was overtaken. Red Bull had an advantage in terms of pace. We have to keep pushing now.”

From a German point of view, however, the Grand Prix ended disappointingly. In the last few meters, Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) clash. Both have to go to the pits for repairs. It still looks so good for Schumi junior, who is in ninth place on a points course and has meanwhile overtaken his teammate Kevin Magnussen. But two laps before the end, Schumacher briefly deviated from the ideal line and had to let Vettel through. The counterattack ends somewhat over-motivated in the side box of the Hessian.

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“It’s always easy to talk about it afterwards,” Schumacher admits to Sky. “In the end it’s a shame for both of us. I will definitely talk to Seb about it and hear his point of view. The strong race remains in any case. We have a good car and now we have to manage not to get into such situations.”

Mick Schumacher clears Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel defends Schumacher: “It’s stupid for both of us. I thought I was in front and didn’t expect him. When I saw him it was too late. It’s a shame because we could have taken eighth place today.”

After all, Mercedes is making progress. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished fifth and sixth. Russell benefits from a tire change during the safety car phase and can pass the seven-time world champion with fresher tires. “The strategy wasn’t nice to me today,” Hamilton radioed sourly.

Miami Grand Prix

1. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull 1:34:24.258 hours
2. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari +3.786s
3. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) – Ferrari +8.229
4. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +10.638
5. George Russell (Great Britain) – Mercedes +18,582
6. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes +21.368
7. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Alfa Romeo +25.073
8. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine +28.386
9. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine +32.128
10.Alexander Albon (Thailand)-Williams +32,365
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren +35.902
12. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin +37.026
13. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri +40.146
14. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams +49.936
15. Mick Schumacher (Gland/Switzerland) – Haas +1:13.305 min.

Zhou Guanyu (China) – Alfa Romeo (7th lap)
Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren (40th lap)
Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri (46th lap)
Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin (55th lap)
Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) – Haas (57th lap)

Driver Rating
Standing after 5 of 22 races

1. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari 104 pts.
2. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull 85
3. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull 66
4. George Russell (Great Britain) – Mercedes 59
5. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) – Ferrari 53
6. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes 36
7. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren 35
8. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Alfa Romeo 30
9. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine 24
10. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) – Haas 15
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren 11
12. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri 10
13. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri 6
14. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin 4
15. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine 4
16. Alexander Albon (Thailand) – Williams 2
17. Zhou Guanyu (China) – Alfa Romeo 1
18. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin 1

Constructor Score

1. Ferrari 157 pts.
2. Red Bull 151
3.Mercedes 95
4. McLaren 46
5. Alfa Romeo 31
6. Alpine 28
7. Alpha Tauri 16
8. Hass 15
9. Aston Martin 5
10.Williams 2

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