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Max Verstappen Won Inaugural Miami Grand Prix

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Round 5 of the season, the Miami Grand Prix, took place at Miami International Autodrome. Max Verstappen won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix with Oracle Red Bull Racing driver, and Sergio Perez finished 4th.

Scuderia AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda finished 12th. Pierre Gasly couldn’t stay on track after the contact.

Max Verstappen, Oracle Red Bull Racing

It feels fantastic to win in Miami; the whole atmosphere this weekend has been incredible and to succeed in the US is always a nice feeling. It was a physically demanding race; I think I must have lost around 3kgs! We had a perfect pace on the minimum tire, which helped make my race. Once we had the pitstop, I managed my time with Charles; I think we were very closely matched on the hard tire. Then the safety car came out, which made it more entertaining for the fans, I had to push hard today, but we made it work. I’m super pleased for the Team; we didn’t have a great start to the weekend, so we’ve come far; a big thank you to everyone.

Sergio Perez, Oracle Red Bull Racing

It was a big disappointment today, but we managed to finish with our points. We were putting the pressure on Carlos, and then we had a problem with the power. It was caused by a sensor failure and meant we lost a lot of energy, which limited our ability to attack. I was a second from Carlos, and then the engine dropped, and I lost around 30 seconds in two laps, and then the issue affected me throughout the race. We had the pace to be up there on the podium, and I pushed as much as possible in our position. It was challenging to look after the tyres, too, it was so hard in the corners, and I was losing a lot of grip towards the end of the race. I went for it after the safety car restarted, but there was no grip, and I couldn’t get past Carlos. We are working hard on reliability, and we will keep pushing as a Team, it is unfortunate, but I am pleased we managed to finish today. In Barcelona, I want to be back battling at the top.

Yuki Tsunoda, Scuderia AlphaTauri

I’m disappointed with today. I struggled with the pace on the first lap and was overtaken by a few cars; then, I couldn’t recover from the rest of the race. We were happy that we’d built up our confidence in the car from FP1, so it’s frustrating to have performed so poorly today.

Pierre Gasly, Scuderia AlphaTauri

It’s a big shame today; the race was going well until the contact with Alonso, where we suffered damage to the car. Unfortunately, it was impossible to stay on track after that, as the car was too damaged and returned to the box Norris and I touched. There are some positives to take away from today. Still, we had a strong start, and the car’s pace was quite good, but we’re disappointed with today’s result.

Driver
Num.
Team
Constr.
Pts
Time/Gap
1
Max VERSTAPPEN 1 Oracle Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing 25 1:34:24.258 
2
Charles LECLERC 16 Ferrari Ferrari 18 +3.786
3
Carlos SAINZ 55 Ferrari Ferrari 15 +8.229
4
Sergio PEREZ 11 Oracle Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing 12 +10.638
5
George RUSSELL 63 Mercedes Mercedes 10 +18.582
6
Lewis HAMILTON 44 Mercedes Mercedes 8 +21.368
7
Valtteri BOTTAS 77 Alfa Romeo Racing Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 6 +25.073
8
Esteban OCON 31 Alpine Alpine Renault 4 +28.386
9
Fernando ALONSO 14 Alpine Alpine Renault 2 +32.128
10
Alexander ALBON 23 Williams Williams Mercedes 1 +32.365
11
Lance STROLL 18 Aston Martin Aston Martin Mercedes 0 +37.026
12 Yuki TSUNODA 22 Scuderia AlphaTauri Scuderia AlphaTauri 0 +40.146
13
Daniel RICCIARDO 3 McLaren McLaren Mercedes 0 +40.902
14
Nicholas LATIFI 6 Williams Williams Mercedes 0 +49.936
15
Mick SCHUMACHER 47 Haas Haas Ferrari 0 +73.305
16
Kevin MAGNUSSEN 20 Haas Haas Ferrari 0 DNF
17
Sebastian VETTEL 5 Aston Martin Aston Martin Mercedes 0 DNF
Pierre GASLY 10 Scuderia AlphaTauri Scuderia AlphaTauri 0 DNF

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