Norris blazes under the Florida sun

Norris blazes under the Florida sun

At the Miami Grand Prix, Lando Norris benefited from a combination of circumstances that could not have been more favorable to take the first victory of his career in Formula 1. He is ahead of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc while Alpine has unlocked its counter thanks to Esteban Ocon.

” I love you all. Thank you so much. » In these words spoken on the radio after the checkered flag was waved, Lando Norris enjoyed his very first victory in Formula 1 this Sunday under the Florida sun in Miami. In 5th position on the starting grid, the McLaren driver nevertheless benefited from a big helping hand from destiny. On the 29th lap, a collision between Kevin Magnussen and Logan Sargeant led to a second appearance of the safety car. However, it made a mistake by positioning itself in such a way as to give the lead of the race to the Briton while leaving him the opportunity to make a judicious stop, much to the chagrin of Max Verstappen.

The visit to Lando Norris’s stand to put on hard tires also bore fruit. Gradually, he increased his lead over Max Verstappen, who he ended up relegating to more than 7.5 seconds at the end of 57 laps. Behind the poleman, the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, 3rd and 4th, went the distance. The Red Bull of Sergio Perez completes the top 5 of this Miami Grand Prix. Behind, the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished the race in 6th and 8th places respectively. In the Formula 1 World Championship, Max Verstappen retained the lead (136 points) ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez (101 points) and Charles Leclerc three lengths behind the Mexican.

Alpine, a good starting point?

The winner of the day, with 83 points, is two points behind Carlos Sainz, 4th. Far behind the gratin, Esteban Ocon gave Alpine its first point of the season thanks to his 10th place. That is to say three ranks better than the one occupied on the starting grid. Unlike him, his compatriot Pierre Gasly stagnated in 12th place. The French team is no longer last in the constructors’ standings. Sauber and Williams still have zero points.

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