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Verstappen beats Leclerc to win first Miami Grand Prix – SABC News

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen won the first Miami Grand Prix for Red Bull on Sunday (May 8) and thus reduced the overall lead of Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc from 27 to 19 points after five races.

Leclerc finished second after starting from pole position, 3.786 seconds back, while his Spanish teammate Carlos Sainz completed the podium at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium.
The win was the Dutchman’s third win of the season and second in a row, and he made it with a crucial overtake on the outside of Sainz at the start to claim second place before zooming past Leclerc on lap nine of 57 laps.

Verstappen, who also secured the bonus point for fastest lap, then held off a late attack from Leclerc after a safety car period triggered by the crash of McLaren’s Lando Norris on lap 41.
Leclerc was right on top of Verstappen’s rear with five laps to go, with the safety car bundling the field after struggling with the mid-size tires in his first stint.

Verstappen’s Mexican team-mate Sergio Perez was fourth, Ferrari retained their lead in the constructors’ championship with 157 points ahead of Red Bull with 151 points.
Perez attempted to pass Sainz on lap 52 but missed his move, with the Spaniard forcing his way back up front and staying there.

George Russell continued his record of finishing in the top five in every race to date, with Mercedes team-mate and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in sixth.

Valtteri Bottas was seventh for Alfa Romeo and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was eighth in a thrilling battle after missing out on Saturday’s qualifying session due to a practice accident that forced the team to change their car’s chassis.

Two-time World Champion teammate Fernando Alonso was ninth and Alex Albon 10th for Williams.
Mick Schumacher, who was having his best race yet and looked set to claim his first Formula One point, was heartbroken until colliding with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel and teammate Lance Stroll both started from the pit lane after a fuel temperature issue prevented them from going onto the grid.

Verstappen beats Leclerc to win first Miami Grand Prix – SABC News

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