By James Broughton, Might 9, 2022
Max Verstappen gained the inaugural Miami Grand Prix just after a torrid weekend of dependability challenges in the buildup to race day. The Ferraris locked out the front row of the grid in qualifying, Leclerc in advance of teammate Sainz with Verstappen narrowly at the rear of in 3rd. Verstappen 1st chased down the Ferrari of Sainz on the opening lap and muscled his way into 2nd before mounting an assault on Leclerc. 9 laps afterwards and Verstappen took the direct from Leclerc with a pretty effortless pass, Leclerc creating way to mount a counter-attack. But it never ever came to pass as Verstappen thereafter developed a determined 8-2nd direct.
The spherical of pitstops only served to empower Verstappen to enhance his guide. Thereafter Verstappen used his Pink Bull to construct up a comfortable buffer involving himself and the Ferrari driving.
Leclerc appeared unable to match the Red Bull’s race pace. Ferrari has not upgraded their car or truck given that the 1st race of the year whereas Purple Bull updates on a race-by-race foundation.
A safety car or truck was deployed on lap 41 to distinct up the miscommunication triggered by Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly. With the discipline closed up Leclerc sensed an opportunity to reclaim the lead. With the safety car period of time about, Leclerc utilised all that his Ferrari could offer. He acquired close to Verstappen but was never shut adequate to go wheel to wheel.
The Pink Bull had the far better race pace and Verstappen used it to ultimately create up a different lead as Leclerc’s Ferrari light into 2nd. Sainz completed the race 3rd but experienced to fend off a spirited assault from Sergio Perez in the closing phases of the race. The race by itself was mostly processional, certainly the new Miami street circuit venue was almost certainly extra appealing than the race.
Nevertheless, Verstappen has 3 victories to Leclerc’s two and is currently next in the driver’s standings, 19 points powering the Ferrari. In this form, Verstappen seems unbeatable, but the season is extensive and a lot more battles have still to be fought.
Miami Grand Prix 2022, Race Final result:
1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull 1:31.458
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 3.786s
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 8.229s
4 Sergio Perez Pink Bull 10.638s
5 George Russell Mercedes 18.582s
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.368s
7 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 25.073s
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine 28.386s
9 Alex Albon Williams 32.365s
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 37.026s
11 Fernando Alonso Alpine 37.128s
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 40.146s
13 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 40.902s
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams 49.936s
15 Mick Schumacher Haas 73.305s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 LAP
17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 2 LAPS
R Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 11 LAPS
R Lando Norris McLaren 17 LAPS
R Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Racing 50 LAPS