Verstappen Wins Inaugural F1 Miami GP as Mercedes Become ‘Best of the Rest’

When Max Verstappen finishes a race in 2022, he wins. The Red Bull driver made it a back-to-back win after clinching victory at the inaugural Miami GP. The star-studded event proved that F1 has finally broken ground in the US. Ferrari lost out against the straight-line speed of the Red Bull, minimising damage by making it a double Ferrari podium after Perez developed an engine problem.

The inaugural F1 Miami Grand Prix saw teams and drivers going all out with custom helmets, new merchandise, and celebrity collaborations. Red Bull released a special edition Miami Grand Prix t-shirt, while McLaren released an ombre cap and a Florida-inspired cap to mark the occasion.

If you want to relieve F1’s first visit to Miami, add these special edition items to your collection.

Ferrari vs. Red Bull

After dominating practice and the start of qualifying, a touch of oversteer left the two Red Bulls on the second row of the grid. Verstappen got hot off the line to overtake Sainz in the first corner before chasing down Leclerc within a handful of laps.

Perez looked certain to overtake Sainz to snatch third place before a reliability issue saw him drop back before making up the pace.

Red Bull has already narrowed the gap after their earlier reliability issues this season. Only 6 points separate Ferrari from Red Bull with Leclerc’s lead in the Driver’s Championship down to 19. Will you be getting your hands on a Ferrari 2022 Cap or cheering on Red Bull instead?

Mercedes Become Best of the Rest

Mercedes was the talk of the paddock on Friday after an impressive practice session, but they failed to make an impression during qualifying. George Russell failed to make it into Q3, qualifying in P12, while Hamilton started in 6th.  The pair finished in 5th and 6th respectively with Russell capitalising on a virtual safety car.

While it’s a marked improvement for the team, Hamilton continues to question Mercedes’ strategy as his younger teammate appears more competitive than the 7-time champion.

McLaren Fall Behind

It was a weekend to forget for McLaren in Miami. The team had predicted it to be an uphill struggle before the race. Contact between Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris saw the McLaren driver crash and bring out a safety car.

Daniel Ricciardo continues a disappointing run of races after finishing outside the points in 13th after qualifying 14th. The team will be hoping to bring upgrades as the paddock returns to Europe later in the month.

Elsewhere on the Grid

Another team that experienced a difficult weekend was Aston Martin. The team had one of its best qualifying sessions before both drivers started from the pit lane due to a fuel issue. A crash in the final laps between Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher saw them both finish outside the points as the Haas driver missed out on his first F1 points.

Bottas continues an impressive point streak at Alfa Romeo, finishing 7th after giving the team its highest qualifying start in 5th position. Ocon also made a remarkable recovery for Alpine after missing qualifying due to an incident in practice. A 5-second time penalty saw Alonso drop out of the points with Alex Albon moving up to 9th for his best finish of the season. Lance Stroll took the final point for Aston Martin.

 

It was another disappointing race for AlphaTauri as both cars finished out of the points with Gasly withdrawing following his crash with Norris and Tsunoda coming home in 12th place.

 

F1 hops back over to Europe with the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks’ time before a back-to-back visit to Monaco. Will Ferrari capitalise on a home advantage for their two drivers, or will Red Bull continue to fight back?