Max too hot for Miami Grand Prix
It was another battle between Ferrari and Red Bull as Max Verstappen won the Miami Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari team mates Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz taking the podium in second and third positions respectively.
It was Verstappen’s second win on the roll and they [Red Bull] seem to be getting their form back. Leclerc still retains the lead in the drivers’ championship with 104 points followed closely by Verstappen with 85 points cutting the gap by 19 points. Third place is held by Sergio Perez with 66 points and fourth place George Russell with 59 points.
For the constructor’s championship, Ferrari still top with 157 points, 6 points ahead of Red Bull and 62 points ahead of Mercedes in third. All constructors have now registered points with Williams wrapping up the table with 3 points courtesy of a 15th place finish for Alex Albon in the Miami Grand Prix.
The reigning champion had to battle out Leclerc early on and then keeping it in the late Safety Car restart. That came after his car stopped in FP2 and caused lack of running which still hurt the Dutchman as it came to qualifying.
After winning the race, this is what Verstappen had to say “Yes of course, it’s a very good comeback. I didn’t even do a [practice] start, so I didn’t know what to expect in the actual start. But we had a good launch and I saw the opportunity to go around the outside of [Sainz] in Turn 1 so I tried. Luckily it worked. Then of course I was not very happy with that safety car, but of course fully understandable, what happened, and of course you cannot be too disappointed about it because also in the past it has benefitted me in some races. I knew it was going to be a tough one to the end, it was quite physical out there- now the next 10 laps we had to be flat-out! On a track like this it’s not easy.”
Next up is the Spanish Grand Prix on 20-22 May, 2022.