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Verstappen fends off Leclerc to win Miami GP | Autocar India

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Verstappen gained the inaugural Miami GP to chip away at Leclerc’s championship lead. Sainz accomplished the rostrum.

Max Verstappen has taken his second straight victory after defeating Charles Leclerc on the inaugural Miami GP. The outcome additional bolsters his championship restoration efforts after his two retirements earlier this season.

Carlos Sainz additionally resisted stress from Sergio Perez to land the ultimate podium spot and ship Ferrari a double podium end.

  • Verstappen gained by 3.786 secs
  • Leclerc’s lead lower to 19 factors
  • Sainz on the rostrum

Verstappen wins inaugural Miami GP

Verstappen missed out on a entrance row begin after making a mistake in his last flying lap. However he rapidly moved as much as second, passing Sainz into Flip 1 at the beginning. By Lap 9, Verstappen had taken the lead off Leclerc on the primary straight.

For a lot of the race thereafter, it appeared just like the reigning champion had issues nicely below management after sustaining a cushty hole with Leclerc. However Lando Norris’ crash on Lap 41 gave Leclerc one other alternative to hunt for the win.

The Ferrari driver was inside half a second of Verstappen, launching an assault for the following few laps. However he couldn’t discover a well beyond the Pink Bull, permitting Verstappen to take victory by a margin of three.786 seconds.

5 races into the season, it’s shaping as much as be a Verstappen vs Leclerc battle for the title. By way of pure race tempo alone, Pink Bull appear to have the superior package deal, however they nonetheless have to kind out reliability issues. Verstappen has gained all three races that he has completed, however nonetheless stands 19 factors adrift of Leclerc within the championship because of his two retirements. And in Miami, too, Sergio Perez suffered energy points.

“We nonetheless have points now we have to resolve,” mentioned Verstappen. “We’re fast, however, as you may see, my Friday was horrible, which isn’t nice if you wish to have a superb weekend. Additionally I believe Checo [Perez] had a number of points within the race, so now we have to be on high of that. We have now loads of potential, however we’d like to ensure it’s dependable. We simply should nail down a extremely constructive weekend with out points. I believe, after all, in Imola we had that, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a little bit of a hit or miss.”

Leclerc: Pink Bull have higher tyre administration

Explaining what he believes held Ferrari again in Miami, Leclerc mentioned, “We’re very sturdy by way of tyre heat up so in the beginning of each run we’re sturdy. However after 4, 5 laps they [Red Bull] appear to stabilise the tyres in a greater window and there they’re simply faster than us and it’s very tough for us to do something.”

Sainz holds off Perez; Russell in high 5

Making the most of the Security Automotive, Perez pitted for medium tyres. Regardless of working with an influence difficulty, the higher grip allowed him to place the stress on Sainz. However when he made his transfer on Lap 52, he locked up quickly after, permitting Sainz to take third place.

George Russell was one other driver who benefitted from the late Security Automotive, because of Mercedes’ various technique working him on exhausting tyres for the opening stint. He handed his teammate Lewis Hamilton on Lap 54 to complete fifth, making him the one driver to complete within the high 5 of each race this season.

A late mistake from Valtteri Bottas noticed him end seventh, forward of Esteban Ocon. In the meantime, Fernando Alonso within the different Alpine automobile was hit with two penalties – one for colliding with Pierre Gasly and one other for leaving the observe and gaining a bonus. This dropped him from ninth to 11th, selling Williams’ Alexander Albon and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll to ninth and 10th locations, respectively.

F1 2022 drivers’ championship standings

Along with his newest win, Verstappen chips away at Leclerc’s championship benefit. The Ferrari driver now leads by simply 19 factors. Within the groups’ championship, the hole between leaders Ferrari and Pink Bull Racing is down to only six factors.

Up subsequent on the calendar is the Spanish GP on Might 20-22.

2022 Miami GP outcomes

2022 Miami GP outcomes
Pos Driver Crew
1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull Racing
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
4 Sergio Perez Pink Bull Racing
5 George Russell Mercedes
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
7 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine
9 Alexander Albon Williams
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
11 Fernando Alonso Alpine
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
13 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams
15 Mick Schumacher Haas
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas
17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
NC Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
NC Lando Norris McLaren
NC Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo

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