The Race: The Miami Grand Prix Weekend

The Race: The Miami Grand Prix Weekend

The first Miami Grand Prix began with one of the most chaotic Grid Walks that Martin Brundle had perhaps ever experienced in any race. Celebrities joined him on the grid in their masses. After some tricky navigation down the grid, Brundle and the rest of the team introduced us to the Miami race. With Leclerc on Pole, it was all to drive for this weekend. But who become the first winner of the Miami Grand Prix?

Lights Out

At lights out Leclerc managed to keep P1. His teammate Sainz met by Verstappen on the first turn and lost P2 to the Dutchman. Hamilton lost two places and fell back to P8. His teammate Russell didn’t have much luck either, dropping back to P15. DRS was enabled early in the race and fell into the lucky hands of Hamilton. He used it to get past Alonso and up to P7. Zhou Guanyu was forced to pull into the pits and became the first retiree of the race on Lap 8. 

DRS paid a kind visit to Verstappen on the ninth lap of the race as he snatched P1 away from Leclerc and remained in front for the rest of the race. Further down the field there was a four-car battle between Alonso, Latifi, Vettel, and Stroll. Meanwhile, Norris suffered a slow pit stop which knocked him down the grid, but this was only the start of a nightmare for him. 

A Nightmare Race for Norris

Pérez has a brief nightmare too. He could be heard on the radio saying he was losing power. He never lost his position during this though. Norris’ loss of place cost him massively, as he got stuck in a rather comfy DRS train during Pérez’s power blip. Led by Alonso and riding with Stroll, Magnussen, Vettel, and Schumacher, poor Norris looked  stuck.

Barely escaping the DRS train, the race went from bad to worse for Norris. A costly mistake from Gasly on failing to notice the McClaren driver saw Norris crash and retire. Gasly caused Norris a puncture which led him spinning into the barriers and out of the Miami GP. A virtual safety car deployed; advantageous pit stops took place. The VSC then got replaced with a safety car. Alonso was given a five second time penalty for causing an incident with Gasly which led to his and Norris’ collision. 

Verstappen kept his lead after the restart while Gasly had to retire from the race. Sainz and Pérez got caught in a brief tangle for P3, but a mistake from Pérez meant Sainz kept his position. One man who had kept his points position for a long time was Schumacher. What looked like his first points score in F1 came crashing down, after contact with his long-time mentor Vettel left both losing positions. 

Which Race is Next?

Verstappen was the winner of the GP, with Leclerc and Sainz completing the podium. This was a well-earned race of redemption for Sainz, and we can only hope the Spaniard keeps it up for his home race, the next race on the calendar. F1 will next be taking on the Barcelona GP over the 20th-22nd May 2022. 

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