Max Verstappen wins inaugural Miami Grand Prix

Max Verstappen First Miami GP Victory
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Dubai, UAE, May 13th 2022: Round 5 of the season, Miami Grand Prix took place at Miami International Autodrome. Oracle Red Bull Racing driver, Max Verstappen won inaugural Miami Grand Prix 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 amazing to win in Miami, the whole atmosphere this weekend has been incredible and to win in the US is always a nice feeling. It was a physically tough race; I think I must have lost around 3kgs! We had a really good pace on the minimum tire, that for sure helped to make my race. Once we had the pitstop I was just managing my time to 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 is a big disappointment today but at least we managed to finish with the points we have. 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 power, 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 effected me throughout the race. We had the pace to be up there on the podium and I pushed as much as I could in the position we were in. It was difficult 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 restart but there was no grip at all and I just couldn’t get past Carlos. We are working really 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 really disappointed with today. On the first lap I struggled with pace and was overtaken by a few cars, then I wasn’t able to recover from there for the rest of the race. We were happy with the way 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 on the car. Unfortunately, it was impossible to stay on track after that, as the car was too damaged, and then on the way back to the box Norris and I touched. There are some positives to take away from today still, we had a strong start, and the pace of the car was quite good, but we’re obviously 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