Formula One world champion Max Ferstappen won the first Miami Grand Prix for Red Bull on Sunday (May 8th), reducing Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc’s overall lead from 27 to 19 points after five races.
Leclerc finished second, 3.786 seconds behind the pole position, and his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sains finished the podium at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium.
The win was the third of the season and the second in a row for the Dutch rider, and he did so by making a decisive overtake of Science at the start to take second place and then overtake Leclerc on ninth of 57 laps.
Ferstappen, who also took care of the bonus point for the fastest lap, then held back Leclerc’s belated attack after a period of car safety caused by Land Norris of McLaren crashing on lap 41.
Leclerc was right on Ferstappen’s tail, five laps left, and the safety car knocked down the package after a fight with medium tires in the first place.
Mexican teammate Ferstappen on the team of Sergio Perez took fourth place, and Ferrari retained the lead in the constructors’ standings, scoring 157 points against 151 in Red Bull.
Perez tried to bypass Science on lap 52, but overtook his move, and the Spaniard came back ahead and stayed there.
George Russell continued his record at the end of each race in the top five, while his Mercedes teammate and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was sixth.
Walter Botas was seventh behind Alfa Romeo and Esteban Ocon of Alpine was eighth in an exciting fight after failing to qualify for Saturday’s qualifier due to a training accident that forced the team to change the chassis of his car.
Twice, world champion Fernando Alonso was ninth and Alex Elbon was 10th behind Williams.
Mick Schumacher, who had his best race to date and looked as if he had taken his first point in Formula One, had yet to face Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin.
Vettel and his teammate Lance Stroll started off the pit lane after a fuel temperature problem prevented them from going online.