The Red Bull driver won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of championship leader Charles Leclerc. Verstappen used a rather aggressive early pass in Formula One championship, leaving the Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc to settle for the second position.
The reigning international champion commenced on the third Sunday, but the Red Bull beat the Ferrari for the following race.
The 24-year-old passed the Monegasque rider on the first lap on the opening lap and persistently stood his ground throughout the huge ceremonial contest.
Verstappen reached the endline 3.78 seconds ahead of Leclerc for his third Grand Prix win this year, making this the 23rd victory of his career.
Carlos Sainz completed third in the second Ferrari after dodging a slow attack from Sergio Perez with fresh tyres in the second Red Bull, and George Russell finished in fifth place ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen’s Take On His Victory
“It’s a very good comeback,” stated Verstappen.
“I didn’t even do a [practice] start, so I didn’t know what to expect in the actual start. But we had a good launch and I saw the opportunity to go around the outside [of Sainz] in turn one, so I tried. Luckily, it worked.” the Red Bull driver added.
On the podium, stood the top three champions in front of Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino – and his statue. On that particular Sunday, Verstappen ran nine yards, winning two consecutive victories and his first Miami Grand Prix victory.
“It was an incredible Grand Prix – very physical as well, but I think we kept it exciting until the end,” acknowledged winner Max Verstappen.
“I think I’ll stick to racing,” stated the winner when asked by Willy T Ribbs if he was fit enough to enter the boxing ring, “but I appreciate a lot of boxing. It felt a bit like it out there but yes, incredibly happy with winning here in Miami, it was an incredible Sunday for us.”