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Miami Grand Prix 2023 The latest F1 news about the 2023 F1 Miami Grand Prix

The Miami Grand Prix will take place on 7 May 2023. The Miami International Autodrome will be the venue for the second ever F1 race in the city of Miami in Florida.

Miami Grand Prix: Maximum in Miami

Round five of the FIA Formula One World Championship took place in Miami, Florida. The F1-circus visited the Miami International Autodrome during the weekend of May 5, 6, and 7, 2023.

Surprising Starting Grid

Saturday in the United States was one that provided enough spectacle. From the moment the clock began to run, it was exciting. Lewis Hamilton almost hit his predecessor and Guanyu Zhou and Carlos Sainz had a near miss. Both McLarens did not make it through to Q2, and Lance Stroll also failed to extract the potential from his Aston Martin car. However, Nyck de Vries had a decent first part of the qualification; the Dutchman set a strong lap and moved on to Q2.

In Q2, things didn't go smoothly for Lewis Hamilton either. The Briton found himself on the track at unfavorable times. In addition, his W14 appeared far from stable. Hamilton eventually qualified thirteenth. De Vries did not seem to have the confidence he had in Q1 in Q2; the AlphaTauri driver remained in fifteenth place.

The third part of the qualification provided the biggest surprises. Max Verstappen was forced to abandon his lap after his RB19 slipped away. Verstappen's competitors - except Valtteri Bottas - all clocked a lap during their first attempt. Even before Verstappen could start a fast lap again, Charles Leclerc lost control of his Ferrari. The Monegasque driver ended up in the wall, just as he did during the qualification for the Sprint Shootout in Azerbaijan. This led to the red flag being waved, and the session was not resumed. Sergio Pérez claimed pole position, followed by Fernando Alonso in second place. Carlos Sainz started the race from third on the grid. Kevin Magnussen had a brilliant qualification and started from fourth place. Verstappen got stuck in ninth place.

See the full qualifying results of the Miami Grand Prix here.

Lights out: disappointment for De Vries, Verstappen conservative

The start in Miami went smoothly. Almost all drivers came out of the first turn without any contact, except for Nyck de Vries and Lando Norris. De Vries braked a bit too late, resulting in a collision with Norris. Both were able to continue their race. Max Verstappen fell back one place at the start but remained calm. The Dutchman stayed out of trouble and prepared himself little by little for a comeback. Sergio Pérez got off to a good start and took the lead.

Magnussen holds his ground

From the start of the race, Kevin Magnussen and Charles Leclerc battled each other. Magnussen had a slow start, which caused him to drop a few places and end up in front of Leclerc. The two fought for sixth place for a few laps. However, it became the seventh place in lap four when Max Verstappen impressively passed the two drivers simultaneously. The Dutchman lined up his Red Bull perfectly for the first straight and passed the two drivers on the inside.

Verstappen cuts through the field, Pérez a sitting duck

After his double overtake on Magnussen and Leclerc, Verstappen continued his charge forward. Russell, Gasly, Sainz, and Alonso all had to make way for the Dutchman. Within fifteen laps, Verstappen was in second place. Bit by bit, the championship leader closed in on his teammate Sergio Pérez. Before Verstappen could make a move, Red Bull brought the Mexican in for his pitstop. 'Checo' had started on the yellow tires, meaning he had to make a pitstop earlier than Verstappen. Verstappen took the lead in the 21st lap of the race.

Disappointing weekend for Ferrari and McLaren

Ferrari and McLaren had a difficult weekend in Miami. While Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri failed to progress beyond Q1 in qualifying and Leclerc crashed in Q3, Carlos Sainz's Sunday also went somewhat awry. The Spaniard braked too late when entering the pit lane, resulting in a five-second penalty for the Ferrari driver. In addition, his Ferrari lacked a lot of speed compared to its competitors, something Leclerc also experienced. Sainz finished the race in fifth place after a difficult race, while teammate Leclerc came in seventh. The McLaren duo of Norris/Piastri finished in seventeenth and nineteenth place.

Mercedes rectifies disappointing qualifying

While George Russell started the race from sixth place, Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton began from thirteenth place. Russell maximized his W14 from the start of the race and finished in fourth place. Hamilton had a difficult first stint but later found speed in his Mercedes. The seven-time world champion finished sixth.

VER-PER-ALO the new HAM-BOT-VER?

After Pérez's pitstop, Verstappen led for a long time. When the Dutchman got new tires, Pérez took the lead. However, it didn't take long for the Mexican to feel the heat from Verstappen. At the end of lap 47, Verstappen struck. Pérez initially didn't give up, but after a few corners, he had to surrender. Verstappen took the lead and never gave it up. Fernando Alonso drove almost the entire race in no man's land and did so until the finish. The Spanish driver finished third.

See the full results of the Miami Grand Prix here.

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