Verstappen not worried about the sprint

Verstappen not worried about the sprint

Starting from pole position, Max Verstappen was not worried during the 19 laps of the Miami Grand Prix sprint. The Dutchman won ahead of Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez when Daniel Ricciardo took a very good fourth place with Racing Bulls.

Max Verstappen continues his momentum. After his successes in Japan and China, the three-time world champion continued his weekend in Miami with victory in the sprint race. After taking pole position in confusion this Friday, the Red Bull Racing driver completed 19 laps without the slightest worry at the Miami International Autodrome. A second sprint of the season whose start was eventful in the peloton. At the end of a domino effect between Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll, it was Lando Norris who paid the bill with a spin which ended his race in the first corner. In order to evacuate the Briton’s McLaren, the safety car entered the track for three laps. Max Verstappen was then able to restart the race at the penultimate corner and maintain the advantage over Charles Leclerc and… Daniel Ricciardo. The Racing Bulls driver, opportunistic at the start, was able to slip in front of Sergio Pérez and hold on until the fifth lap. It was at this moment that the Mexican took the advantage over the Australian to fly to third place. The former Renault and McLaren driver then had trouble with Carlos Sainz Jr for fourth place.

Verstappen effective, Ricciardo tenacious

He knew how to defend his position tooth and nail until the checkered flag when Oscar Piastri, despite coming closer, was unable to attack the Ferrari driver and was content with sixth place. Behind the McLaren driver, Nico Hülkenberg took the two points for seventh place when the battle was tough for the last point available during this sprint. For almost the entire race, Kevin Magnussen and Lewis Hamilton were at loggerheads, to the point of exceeding the limits more than once. Indeed, the Dane tried everything to keep the Briton behind him, going so far as to cut a chicane or even take him off the track when braking for turn 12. Maneuvers which did not escape the FIA ​​commissioners, who have increased the penalties against the Haas team driver. Opportunistic behind this infernal duo, Yuki Tsunoda first overtook Lewis Hamilton before taking advantage of an error from Kevin Magnussen to move up to eighth place. A place that he was unable to defend until the end against the seven-time world champion… but which he recovered after the finish.

Gasly on the verge of points

Indeed, Lewis Hamilton received a “drive-through” for speeding in the pit lane, which was converted into a heavy time penalty. In the end, Yuki Tsunoda finished well in eighth place when the Briton was classified 16th and the Dane was pushed back to 18th and last position. Pierre Gasly, for his part, was able to believe in Alpine’s first point this season but the Norman, author of a good comeback in the first lap, failed in ninth place, two seconds behind his former teammate. For Esteban Ocon, the hopes of doing well went up in smoke well before the start. For leaving his garage under the nose of Charles Leclerc, who was unable to escape a benign contact, the Habs received a ten-second penalty carried out during the neutralization by the safety car. He finished in an anonymous 15th place. With this new victory this season, Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing consolidate their domination in the world championship. The drivers and their teams will now be able to think about the changes to be made to the single-seaters before the qualifying session for the Miami Grand Prix, which will conclude the day on Saturday.

Deixe um comentário

O seu endereço de e-mail não será publicado. Campos obrigatórios são marcados com *