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Formula 1 Miami GP

F1 Miami GP: Norris takes advantage of safety car for first win

Lando Norris scored his first Formula 1 race win in the 2024 Miami Grand Prix, a mid-event safety car stop jumping the McLaren driver by Red Bull’s long-time leader Max Verstappen.

Lando Norris, McLaren F1 Team, 1st position, celebrates his maiden win in Parc Ferme

The victory ends Norris’s streak as having the most podiums without a GP victory, with McLaren scoring its first such win since the 2021 Italian GP after Oscar Piastri’s 2023 Qatar sprint race triumph.

At the start, Verstappen made a smooth getaway while Leclerc fell backwards off the line and got swamped before the late-braking Sergio Perez nearly wiped out Verstappen and pushed others including Norris wide at Turn 1, which allowed Leclerc back to second.

As Verstappen escaped to a healthy lead of a few seconds, Piastri edged ahead of Sainz as the first corners of lap one of 57 unfolded to run third behind Leclerc.

The Ferrari driver then slid around more on the mediums all the leaders had started on and without DRS to Verstappen ahead Piastri was able to pass by and then led the two Ferrari drivers for much of the first stint.

Behind, Perez held up Norris a chunk further back from the fight for second before he became the first of the leaders to pit for hards on lap 17.

Leclerc, who Sainz wanted to be waved by, then pitted at the end of lap 19, shortly after which Verstappen made a mistake at the chicane and cut the second part – knocking a bollard off the kerb and carrying it through his car until he reached the exit of Turn 16.

When this fell off a virtual safety car was called so the marshals could retrieve the bollard, after which Verstappen stopped at the end of lap 23.

Watch: F1 2024 Miami GP Review - Lando Seizes his Historic Maiden Win

Four laps later, Piastri and Sainz pitted, which meant Norris, who had been eating into Sainz’s previous advantage with a string of fastest laps, cycled into the lead.

His race was then transformed when Kevin Magnussen and Logan Sargeant collided at Turn 2, with the Haas driver penalised for leaving his nose alongside the Williams’ right rear as they headed off to Turn 3, with the contact pitching Sargeant off backwards and the wreckage having to be cleared under the safety car.

McLaren was able to pit Norris under this, although he did a full lap at the safety car delta speed before coming in to switch to the hards and then getting out ahead of Verstappen, who had been picked up by the safety car before he and the rest were waved through.

The race restarted on lap 33, with Norris having to defend hard at Turn 1’s inside against Verstappen’s attack before the Briton was able to shoot clear to escape DRS over the first lap back at racing speed.

Leclerc was close enough to Verstappen to have a look to Turn 11’s inside on this tour before he dropped back out of DRS to the Red Bull and it became a two-horse race at the front.

But Norris hards being six laps younger provided a critical advantage, as 10 laps later his lead had reached the three-second mark – his rival ruing his RB20 understeering on the hards, a situation Verstappen called a “disaster” over his team radio.

With five laps left, Norris’s lead was up to 6.1s and he continued to stretch away to a final winning margin of 7.6s, with Leclerc 2.3s further back in third.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL38, 1st position, crosses the line to cheers from his team on the pit wall

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL38, 1st position, crosses the line to cheers from his team on the pit wall

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Sainz ended up fourth after two controversial battles with Piastri post-restart.

Then first involved both drivers going deep at Turn 11 on lap 34, with Sainz feeling he was pushed off but the stewards not deeming the incident worthy of a penalty.

On lap 39, Sainz attacked at Turn 17 at the end of the back straight but lost the rear of his car and as it swung around it hit Piastri’s front wing and broke it, with both drivers able to continuing battling to Turn 1 on the previous lap where Piastri went deep and Sainz could run clear.

Piastri was then passed by Perez and a resurgent Lewis Hamilton at Turn 11 shortly afterwards, with McLaren soon pitting him to replacing his front wing and dropping him to the back of the back.

The Australian battled back to finish 13th – McLaren warning him during fights not to have another clash and risk the safety car reappearing and erasing his team-mate’s lead.

Another safety car stopper, Yuki Tsunoda, finished seventh, ahead of George Russell and Fernando Alonso, who fought his way by Esteban Ocon late on.

With 10th, Ocon scores Alpine’s first point of the 2024 season.

F1 Miami GP Results

   
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Cla Driver # Laps Time Interval km/h Pits Points Retirement Chassis Engine
1 United Kingdom L. Norris McLaren 4 57

1:30'49.876

    1 25   McLaren Mercedes
2 Netherlands M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 57

+7.612

1:30'57.488

7.612   1 18   Red Bull Red Bull
3 Monaco C. Leclerc Ferrari 16 57

+9.920

1:30'59.796

2.308   1 15   Ferrari Ferrari
4 Spain C. Sainz Ferrari 55 57

+11.407

1:31'01.283

1.487   1 12   Ferrari Ferrari
5 Mexico S. Perez Red Bull Racing 11 57

+14.650

1:31'04.526

3.243   2 10   Red Bull Red Bull
6 United Kingdom L. Hamilton Mercedes 44 57

+16.585

1:31'06.461

1.935   1 8   Mercedes Mercedes
7 Japan Y. Tsunoda RB 22 57

+26.185

1:31'16.061

9.600   1 6   RB Red Bull
8 United Kingdom G. Russell Mercedes 63 57

+34.789

1:31'24.665

8.604   1 4   Mercedes Mercedes
9 Spain F. Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 57

+37.107

1:31'26.983

2.318   1 2   Aston Martin Mercedes
10 France E. Ocon Alpine 31 57

+39.746

1:31'29.622

2.639   1 1   Alpine Renault
11 Germany N. Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 57

+40.789

1:31'30.665

1.043   2     Haas Ferrari
12 France P. Gasly Alpine 10 57

+44.958

1:31'34.834

4.169   1     Alpine Renault
13 Australia O. Piastri McLaren 81 57

+49.756

1:31'39.632

4.798   2     McLaren Mercedes
14 China Z. Guanyu Sauber 24 57

+49.979

1:31'39.855

0.223   1     Sauber Ferrari
15 Australia D. Ricciardo RB 3 57

+50.956

1:31'40.832

0.977   1     RB Red Bull
16 Finland V. Bottas Sauber 77 57

+52.356

1:31'42.232

1.400   2     Sauber Ferrari
17 Canada L. Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 57

+55.173

1:31'45.049

2.817   2     Aston Martin Mercedes
18 Denmark K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 20 57

+1'04.683

1:31'54.559

9.510   3     Haas Ferrari
19 Thailand A. Albon Williams 23 57

+1'16.091

1:32'05.967

11.408   2     Williams Mercedes
dnf United States L. Sargeant Williams 2 27

30 laps

    1   Collision Williams Mercedes

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