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Miami Grand Prix F1 Results: Max Verstappen holds off Charles Leclerc for third win of season; Ferrari podiums two – The Athletic

Red Bull star Max Verstappen won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, outlasting Ferrari's Charles Leclerc after overtaking him on the first lap. Ferrari's Carlos Sainz rounded out the podium in third.

Miami is the first of two races in the U.S. this season. The circuit will visit Austin later this year.

Follow news and updates here as The Athletic provides live coverage from the track.

(Photo: Mark Thompson / Getty Images)
May 8, 2022 at 6:28 PM EDT
Max Verstappen spoke on the track surface, saying it needs to be looked at and suggests some tweaks should be made.

May 8, 2022 at 6:27 PM EDT
The three podium members are in cheery spirits after the Miami Grand Prix.
Interesting to see this trio chat in a friendly manner. Maybe there will be bad blood at some point this season. But certainly not now. #F1 pic.twitter.com/4f2PuTcinK
May 8, 2022 at 6:12 PM EDT
Here are the F1 top 10 standings after the Miami Grand Prix:

May 8, 2022 at 5:46 PM EDT

#F1 drivers are ripping the asphalt surface in their postrace interviews, calling for it to be repaved before next year. Esteban Ocon called it “a disaster.” George Russell said it was like driving through one dry lane on a wet track. They couldn’t race side by side. #MiamiGP
May 8, 2022 at 5:42 PM EDT

There's a new quarterback in town! #MiamiGP @Max33Verstappen pic.twitter.com/tBealHcQl4
May 8, 2022 at 5:34 PM EDT
Lando Norris says the incident with Pierre Gasly was bad luck and nothing he could've much done as Gasly's car was damaged and drifting.

"It's a good racetrack," Norris said, but added that the surface quality is not up to F1's standards.

It should be resurfaced before next year's race, he said.
May 8, 2022 at 5:29 PM EDT

CLASSIFICATION (LAP 57/57)

Brilliant comeback from Verstappen after a tough start to his weekend 👏#MiamiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/NJjGSWVdXN
May 8, 2022 at 5:28 PM EDT
Sebastian Vettel said he doesn’t know yet what happened in his incident with Mick Schumacher. He hasn’t had the chance to see the replay, he said, nor speak with his young friend about what happened.
May 8, 2022 at 5:22 PM EDT

MAX: “I’m incredibly happy with winning here in Miami. It was an incredible Sunday for us”#MiamiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/e5BDHsirnW
May 8, 2022 at 5:21 PM EDT

CHARLES: "It was a very difficult race physically. Towards the end I thought I could get Max at one point, but today they had the advantage in terms of pace. But, it was fun, great to see so many people again!" #MiamiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/aMNLW30gKj
May 8, 2022 at 5:19 PM EDT

CARLOS: “We managed to keep the podium so it’s a decent result. It wasn’t easy at all. It was a tough race” #MiamiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/rkWZ7wmHsD
May 8, 2022 at 5:15 PM EDT
Mercedes gets a 5-6 finish from George Russell and Lewis Hamilton. They weren't close to Red Bull or Ferrari, but Mercedes clearly had the third-fastest car on the day. That's an upgrade from recent weeks.
Nice one, Team 👏 Maximising the points on offer with P5 and P6 at the #MiamiGP 👊 pic.twitter.com/d08ysQt0dL
May 8, 2022 at 5:14 PM EDT
Nice recovery by Max Verstappen and Red Bull after mechanical issues on Friday limited Verstappen's track time. Verstappen was clearly frustrated on Saturday, stating how Red Bull needed cleaner weekends so they didn't have to start races behind.
May 8, 2022 at 5:13 PM EDT

🏁 END OF RACE (LAP 57/57) 🏁

TOP 10
Verstappen 📸
Leclerc
Sainz
Perez
Russell
Hamilton
Bottas
Alonso
Ocon
Albon #MiamiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/8FcUItPrqb
May 8, 2022 at 5:12 PM EDT
Max Verstappen has won all three races his car has finished this season. Charles Leclerc has four top-two finishes in five races. Those two drivers have combined to win every race and grab every fastest lap so far. They also have four of the five pole positions. It's clearly a two-driver championship.
May 8, 2022 at 5:08 PM EDT
Max Verstappen wins the Miami Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc finishes second, with Carlos Sainz third.
Checkered flag and it's another victory for Max Verstappen. He's now 3-for-3 in races he's finished this season.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz round out the podium, as Sergio Perez was unable to get past on his newer tires.
May 8, 2022 at 5:08 PM EDT
The safety car really gave this race some much needed excitement. It reignited the Verstappen-Leclerc battle at the front. Sainz and Perez briefly touched as Perez attempted a pass in the battle for third. The two Mercedes drivers are going back and forth. Good stuff after a mostly dull middle section of the race.
May 8, 2022 at 5:05 PM EDT
Mick Schumacher's bid for his first career points ends after contact with Sebastian Vettel, causing considerable damage to Schumacher's Haas. Vettel is out of the race.
Oh, what a bummer for Mick Schumacher. Looked like he was in position to score points and then collides with his mentor Sebastian Vettel.
May 8, 2022 at 4:59 PM EDT
Charles Leclerc hounding Max Verstappen for the lead with five laps remaining. Any mistake by Verstappen and Leclerc will have an excellent opportunity to move into P1.
May 8, 2022 at 4:58 PM EDT
Oh my. Looked like Valtteri Bottas made a mistake and both Mercedes cars got by. Meanwhile, it's getting spicy up at the front as Charles Leclerc is close to Max Verstappen.

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