F1 Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins Miami GP

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Miami Grand Prix at the Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, after passing the Ferrari of Formula 1 World Championship rival Charles Leclerc.

F1 Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins Miami GP
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Verstappen, who started third, gained second at the first corner when he drove around the outside of the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. He tracked down Leclerc and passed him on Lap 9.

Despite a late-race safety car that put Leclerc back into DRS range, Verstappen pulled away to win by 3.7s.

2022 Miami Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Laps Time Interval Points
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 57 -   26
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc 57 3.786 3.786 18
3 Spain Carlos Sainz 57 8.229 4.443 15
4 Mexico Sergio Perez 57 10.638 2.409 12
5 United Kingdom George Russell 57 18.582 7.944 10
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 57 21.368 2.786 8
7 Finland Valtteri Bottas 57 25.073 3.705 6
8 France Esteban Ocon 57 28.386 3.313 4
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 57 32.128 3.742 2
10 Thailand Alex Albon 57 32.365 0.237 1
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 57 35.902 3.537  
12 Canada Lance Stroll 57 37.026 1.124  
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 57 40.146 3.120  
14 Canada Nicholas Latifi 57 49.936 9.790  
15 Germany Mick Schumacher 57 1'13.305 23.369  
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 56      
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel 54      
  France Pierre Gasly 45      
  United Kingdom Lando Norris 39      
  China Zhou Guanyu 6      

What happened in the Miami Grand Prix?

On a dry track, but with a 40% chance of rain showers, Leclerc held his pole advantage on the run to Turn 1 ahead of Sainz but Verstappen went around the outside of the Spaniard on the exit of Turn 1 to grab second.

Perez ran fourth, ahead of Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – who lost two places after locking up at the first corner and getting boxed in behind Perez and then nudged by Alonso.

Hamilton got one place back when he passed Alonso at Turn 11 as DRS was enabled, after Alonso had run wide at Turn 5, and he later DRS-ed past Gasly into Turn 1 on Lap 6 to regain sixth.

As soon as he got into DRS range of Leclerc, Verstappen grabbed the lead at Turn 1 on Lap 9. Leclerc stayed in DRS reach of Verstappen for a couple of laps but then fell out of it and then lost 1.1s with a front-right lock up into Turn 17 on Lap 12.

Perez caught Sainz but then suffered a loss of power that cost him 7s while he changed some settings on his steering wheel.

Leclerc was running 4.5s behind Verstappen when he pitted on Lap 25, rejoining in fourth. Verstappen pitted two laps later, after Leclerc set a fastest sector time, and Sainz led for a lap before he too stopped – but his stop was a slow 5.4s due to a sticking right-front wheel.

Verstappen’s lead increased to 7.7s during the pitstop cycle. Sainz was now a distant third, 5s ahead of Perez.

Alonso suffered a slow pitstop, when the right-rear wouldn’t detach, but he then caught Gasly. Alonso hit Gasly at Turn 1 on Lap 39, which earned him a 5s penalty.

Gasly, who ran wide at Turn 7 on the following lap, was clipped by Lando Norris, which fired the McLaren into a spin and out of the race, its right-rear tyre flying off as he spun.

That brought out the safety car, with George Russell – who started on hard tyres and hadn’t yet stopped – taking advantage by diving into the Mercedes pits. Perez also pitted for a new set of mediums, but none of the front trio stopped.

The race restarted with Verstappen leading Leclerc, Sainz and the fresh-tyred Perez with 10 laps remaining.

Leclerc stayed in Verstappen’s DRS range, while Bottas ran wide and hit the wall at Turn 17 on Lap 50, handing positions to the battling Mercedes of Hamilton and Russell, who swapped places on the following lap.

Perez passed Sainz but ran long at Turn 1 with six laps to go, handing the position back, as Verstappen and Leclerc ran nose-to-tail ahead. With three laps to go, Verstappen escaped Leclerc’s DRS range and sealed his third win of the year.

Sainz managed to fend off Perez’s attacks to finish third, while Russell’s fifth had a lot to do with the timing of the safety car. Hamilton finished sixth, ahead of Bottas, Esteban Ocon, the penalised Alonso and Alex Albon’s Williams.

Mick Schumacher’s Haas rammed into Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin at Turn 1 late on – both Astons having started from the pitlane after they encountered fuel issues before the pit exit closed.

Vettel was forced out, as was Gasly and Norris from accident damage. Guanyu Zhou was the first retirement of the race when his Alfa Romeo broke down.

2022 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 54 1'31.361     213.255
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 53 1'31.488 0.127 0.127 212.959
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 56 1'31.790 0.429 0.302 212.258
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 54 1'31.819 0.458 0.029 212.191
5 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 56 1'32.195 0.834 0.376 211.325
6 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 57 1'32.528 1.167 0.333 210.565
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 1'32.941 1.580 0.413 209.629
8 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 55 1'33.035 1.674 0.094 209.417
9 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 56 1'33.163 1.802 0.128 209.130
10 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 56 1'33.184 1.823 0.021 209.083
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 56 1'33.265 1.904 0.081 208.901
12 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 52 1'33.312 1.951 0.047 208.796
13 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 53 1'33.331 1.970 0.019 208.753
14 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 37 1'33.411 2.050 0.080 208.575
15 Thailand Alex Albon Williams 57 1'33.447 2.086 0.036 208.494
16 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 50 1'33.479 2.118 0.032 208.423
17 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 52 1'33.511 2.150 0.032 208.351
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 53 1'34.169 2.808 0.658 206.896
19 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 38 1'34.487 3.126 0.318 206.199
20 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 4 1'35.731 4.370 1.244 203.520

2022 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix pitstops

Cla Driver Chassis 1 2 3
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull M 26 H 31    
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari M 24 H 33    
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari M 27 H 30    
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull M 27 H 14 M 16
5 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes H 40 M 17    
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes M 22 H 35    
7 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo M 26 H 31    
8 France Esteban Ocon Alpine H 41 S 16    
9 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine M 15 H 43    
10 Thailand Alex Albon Williams M 16 H 41    
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren M 30 H 11 S 16
12 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin H 42 M 19    
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri M 11 H 30 S 19
14 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams H 34 M 23    
15 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas M 14 H 40 M 3
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas M 12 H 30 M 14
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin H 43 M 15    
  France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri M 16 H 24 S 8
  United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren M 18 H 21    
  China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo M 6        
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