Max Verstappen took the victory for Red Bull as the Dutchman won Formula 1’s first ever Miami Grand Prix.
The reigning World Champion won from third on the grid, while teammate Sergio Perez finished fourth, ending the race where he started.
Verstappen began third on the grid in a track plotted around the Miami Dolphin’s home ground at Hard Rock Stadium, having struggled with unreliability in Friday practice and made a mistake in qualifying.
But he proved effective in race trim, overtaking second place Carlos Sainz at the start and then overtaking pole-sitter Charles Leclerc inside the opening ten laps.
The Red Bull driver stayed ahead of Leclerc during the pit-stop phase, and was then able to repel multiple attacks by Leclerc after a late safety car, which was deployed following a clash between Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly that put the McLaren out on the spot and lead to the Alpha Tauri also retiring.
Victory in F1’s debut round in Miami means Verstappen has now won two races back-to-back, having won the previous round at Imola in Italy. It means the Dutchman has won all 3 races he has finished in 2022. Verstappen would also pocket the fastest lap bonus point.
As for Perez, the Mexican stayed ahead of the pack but couldn’t get past Sainz at the start. Perez’s race was nearly derailed by engine trouble but he was able to get around this to finish. He also had a late battle with Sainz to swipe the final podium position.
The result means that Verstappen now has 85 points in the driver’s championship standings, which maintains second. He cuts the lead to championship leader Charles Leclerc down to 19 points.
Perez has jumped into 3rd place overall after the opening 5 rounds, with the Mexican driver on 66 points. He is 19 points behind Verstappen, and 7 ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell.
In the Constructors Championship, Red Bull remain second to Ferrari. But they are now just six points behind Ferrari, while they hold a 56 point advantage on third place Mercedes.