Max Verstappen Wins Miami Grand Prix for Back-to-Back Victories

Monday, May 9, 2022
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Max Verstappen Wins Miami Grand Prix For Back to Back Victories

Max Verstappen had a dreadful first day in Miami‚ making a mistake in qualifying which cost him the front row. On Sunday‚ however‚ the Dutchman was explosive and went past Ferrari and current championship leader Charles Leclerc. The Dutch driver won the Miami Grand Prix and makes it three straight victories for him. Here is a rundown of how he won the race and his other two victories this season.

Verstappen escaped Leclerc's DRS range

In a thrilling finish‚ Max Verstappen escaped Charles Leclerc's DRS range and won the Miami Grand Prix. The Dutchman led the race after starting on the outside lane and then took advantage of the DRS to escape Leclerc's range on the final lap. Verstappen's lead widened as Leclerc locked up. Verstappen's advantage was widening after the race restarted to a margin of nearly seven seconds. Inclement weather seemed to be a possibility‚ so the Dutch driver took advantage of the safety car on lap 41. The front row was dominated by Ferraris‚ with pole-sitter Charles Leclerc‚ Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Russell. Leclerc and Verstappen were joined by the safety car when another car crashed. This left Verstappen and Leclerc to pit free‚ and the Red Bulls were also able to keep pace. Lewis Hamilton finished third‚ ahead of Daniel Ricciardo‚ Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas. The Dutchman had a 0.8-second lead at the end of the first lap. Leclerc was within Verstappen's DRS range for a few laps‚ but then moved to the outside‚ losing over a second. Verstappen then overtook Leclerc on the long straights in the second two-thirds of the track. His lead increased to seven seconds after the Lap-25 pitstop cycle. The victory was also the first for Verstappen‚ with Perez and Sainz following. Charles Leclerc had a solid car‚ but was unable to catch Verstappen. The Dutchman started third‚ but gained second on Lap one‚ drove around Carlos Sainz and passed Leclerc a few laps later. Leclerc was brought back into the race after the late Safety Car‚ but Verstappen then pulled away to win the Miami Grand Prix by 3.7s. While the race was dry‚ the weather forecast predicted rain showers‚ which helped Verstappen take the win. The final lap of the race was a battle of two drivers with DRS. Leclerc's DRS range was triggered by a contact between a Renault and AlphaTauri. Both drivers spun into the barriers at Turn 1. As they raced past the safety car‚ the Red Bull driver was able to overtake both Ferraris on the final lap.

Verstappen splits the Ferraris

With Ferrari struggling to keep pace with Mercedes‚ Max Verstappen took the lead in the Miami Grand Prix. The Dutch driver was a handful throughout the race and had a brilliant run through the field. He qualified third and split the Ferraris on the opening lap‚ passing Sainz in turn one. Verstappen maintained the lead throughout the race‚ with the only pitstop coming at the end of lap 12. While Mercedes had an unlucky day with Lewis Hamilton's crash‚ Red Bull's Max Verstappen was not beaten by a single Ferrari on Sunday. Leclerc finished second ahead of Sainz and Verstappen remained 0.6s behind the Frenchman. Hamilton's car was the only one to finish in the top five‚ while Leclerc was the only other Ferrari to win. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen swept the podium in the Miami Grand Prix and defeated Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc to take home the trophy. The race was largely processional‚ but Verstappen made good use of his superior straight-line speed. After a long battle with Leclerc‚ Verstappen cut the gap between himself and the Ferrari driver to 19 points. Leclerc has 105 points to Verstappen's 85. Carlos Sainz finished third‚ with Sergio Perez in fourth. In the season opener in Miami‚ the Red Bulls took the podium. Max Verstappen took his 23rd career win. Leclerc trails Verstappen by eight points and is in the championship race. The Red Bull team had to fight hard to get on the podium‚ and their success was well deserved. The Red Bull team certainly deserves a celebratory drink for making the first win. As the first race in Florida in 50 years‚ the Miami Grand Prix was hardly the spectacle it is supposed to be. But Verstappen played a major role in the success story‚ and Ferrari must find a way to match Verstappen's performance in the future. While the race did not live up to its hype‚ it was still a thrilling race between Ferrari and Red Bull.

Verstappen passes Russell

In his second race of the season‚ Max Verstappen won the Miami Grand Prix for Back to Front Victories. The Dutchman finished second in the opening stint of the race but was able to hold off his teammate and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. Verstappen won by 3.786 seconds. In the second half of the race‚ Verstappen made a super quick pit stop and he took the lead with the fastest lap time. The victory came eight years after his first professional race in Florida. Verstappen narrowly beat Ferrari's Charles Leclerc to win the inaugural Miami Grand Prix. Leclerc finished in second‚ but Verstappen maintained his lead throughout the race‚ eventually finishing 3.78 seconds ahead. Lewis Hamilton finished fourth‚ followed by Carlos Sainz. The race was the first in Florida‚ and Verstappen has been in the top five every single race this season. On Friday‚ Verstappen was miserable‚ and gearbox gremlins limited him to just one lap in second practice. But he recovered and qualified third on Saturday‚ and was cool‚ calm‚ and collected as he claimed the Miami Grand Prix. Verstappen's win‚ his third this season‚ gave him back-to-back victories and cut into Leclerc's championship lead. Verstappen's win at the Miami Grand Prix brings him within 19 points of Leclerc for the drivers' championship. He leads the Ferrari driver by 19 points‚ while Verstappen is in second place by 19 points. Carlos Sainz and Seb Vettel are both in the top three‚ but are behind them statistically. Having two races earlier this season didn't count‚ but the Dutchman was able to defend his position and grab the win. Despite being unable to get into the lead‚ Verstappen continued to work hard. With fresh tyres‚ the Dutchman is now on a three-race winning streak. He now heads to Spain for the Spanish Grand Prix on May 22. This season‚ Verstappen is the only Dutch driver to win back-to-back victories. In the meantime‚ Bottas finished second‚ and Charles Olivera took fifth place.

Verstappen finishes ahead of Sainz Jr.

It was an amazing weekend for Formula 1 as Max Verstappen won the Miami Grand Prix. Starting from third place on the grid‚ he made his way up to second on the opening lap‚ passing championship leader Charles Leclerc and extending his lead over the Ferrari. Leclerc battled hard for second place but could not overtake Verstappen‚ and eventually finished third‚ three seconds behind the Dutchman. Carlos Sainz finished third and Sergio Perez completed the podium in fourth. After a caution period for a safety car‚ Verstappen escaped Leclerc's DRS range. After the Safety Car‚ Verstappen overtook Perez and made his way past the chasing Sainz‚ who was still clinging to fourth. Verstappen was able to close the gap to Leclerc in the final laps and was the first driver to cross the finish line. Mercedes drivers were struggling throughout the race‚ and the Mercedes cars suffered from a lack of grip. Verstappen pounced on Sainz and Leclerc‚ and then passed him in Turn One on lap nine. Leclerc later dropped to eighth after a wheel banging crash with Fernando Alonso. He then passed Gasly on lap four‚ and on lap nine passed Leclerc. The final lap‚ Verstappen passed Leclerc again‚ but was still 2.7 seconds behind. With this victory‚ Verstappen has reduced Leclerc's advantage to 19 points. He will have to win three more maximum points weekends to surpass Leclerc in the drivers' championship. The next race is in Spain on May 22. If Verstappen maintains his lead in the drivers' standings‚ he will likely be able to close the gap to Leclerc. The race was not a thriller. However‚ the 57 lap race was exciting‚ and there was much hype surrounding the race. Verstappen started third‚ second at the first corner‚ and went on to lead the race by lap nine. While it was a close race‚ Verstappen was smooth throughout. With two Back to Back victories‚ he has finally reached Formula 1 superstar status.