Verstappen wins inaugural Miami Grand Prix over Leclerc after late Safety Car drama
Red Bull’s reigning champion took P2 off Carlos Sainz into Turn 1 at the start, and soon began to close in on Leclerc. The Ferrari driver lost the lead to his rival on the main straight at the start of Lap 9 of 57 and pitted from mediums to hards on Lap 24, causing Verstappen to react with his stop two laps later. It seemed that Verstappen would cruise to victory in front of Miami Gardens’ marina…
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That was until the Lap 41 caution, a VSC-turned-Safety Car triggered by a clash between Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris, which sent the McLaren driver into a spin as his right-rear tyre ripped off. Perez took the opportunity to pit for new mediums from P4, emerging there, with hard-shod Verstappen, Leclerc and Sainz ahead.
The Lap 47 restart saw Verstappen lead away but struggle to build up a gap to Leclerc. It was equally difficult for Sainz, who was being hounded by medium-shod Sergio Perez for the final podium place.
Perez attempted to pass Sainz on Lap 52 but locked up, both drivers avoiding contact, while Leclerc was under half a second behind Verstappen in the chase for the lead. But neither Perez nor Leclerc could make headway, and the win – narrow as it was over the Ferraris – would be Verstappen's.
FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX 2022
United States 2022
|1 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing||1:34:24.258||26|
|2 Charles Leclerc LEC Ferrari||+3.786s||18|
|3 Carlos Sainz SAI Ferrari||+8.229s||15|
|4 Sergio Perez PER Red Bull Racing||+10.638s||12|
|5 George Russell RUS Mercedes||+18.582s||10|