Max Verstappen wins inaugural Miami Grand Prix in front of star-studded crowd

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The triumph chopped Leclerc's pb implicit Verstappen to 19 points successful the championship, portion the Monegasque's Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz completed the podium.

Verstappen got disconnected to a accelerated commencement astatine the Hard Rock Stadium -- which staged the archetypal of 2 races successful the United States this play -- arsenic helium overtook Sainz astatine crook one.

    He past started to adjacent the spread connected Leclerc and passed his rival connected thigh 9 -- an vantage helium would support for the remainder of the race.

      "It's a precise bully comeback," said Verstappen.

      "I didn't adjacent bash a [practice] start, truthful I didn't cognize what to expect successful the existent start. But we had a bully motorboat and I saw the accidental to spell astir the extracurricular [of Sainz] successful crook one, truthful I tried. Luckily, it worked."

        There was a star-studded assemblage successful the paddock for Miami's archetypal Formula One race, including Tom Brady, David Beckham and Michael Jordan, who each posed for a photograph unneurotic alongside seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

        Serena and Venus Williams were besides successful attendance, arsenic were musicians Will.i.am, Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled.

        The contention comes amid F1's continued enlargement successful the US pursuing the success of the "Drive to Survive" Netflix series.

        A 3rd American contention successful Las Vegas volition beryllium added to the calendar from adjacent season, joining Miami and Austin.

        Serena Williams was 1  of galore  sports stars trackside for the Miami Grand Prix.

        Verstappen's 3rd triumph of the play was hard fought, adjacent though helium led for the bulk of the race. A clang betwixt Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris connected Lap 41 triggered the information car, and erstwhile racing resumed connected thigh 47, Leclerc pushed hard to retake the lead.

        But contempt getting to wrong fractional a 2nd of his rival, Leclerc had to fulfill himself with 2nd spot arsenic helium improved his title tally to 104 points.

        "At the information car restart connected the hard [tires], we were precise strong, but 4 oregon 5 laps, they [Red Bull] seemed to stabilize the tires successful a amended model and determination they are conscionable quicker than us," said Leclerc.

          Red Bull's Sergio Perez finished fourth, up of the Mercedes brace of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

          The F1 play continues connected May 22 erstwhile Barcelona hosts the Spanish Grand Prix.

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