Max Verstappen wins the inaugural Miami Grand Prix

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Kabar Medsos – Max Verstappen won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of championship leader Charles Leclerc.

The victory cut Leclerc’s lead over Verstappen to 19 points in the championship, while the Monegasque’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz completed the podium.

Verstappen got off to a fast start at the Hard Rock Stadium — which staged the first of two races in the United States this season — as he overtook Sainz at turn one.

He then started to close the gap on Leclerc and passed his rival on lap nine — an advantage he would maintain for the remainder of the race.

“It’s a very good comeback,” said 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.”

There was a star-studded crowd in the paddock for Miami’s first Formula One race, including Tom Brady, David Beckham and Michael Jordan, who all posed for a photo together alongside seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

Serena and Venus Williams were also in attendance, as were musicians Will.i.am, Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled.

The race comes amid F1’s continued expansion in the US following the success of the “Drive to Survive” Netflix series.

A third American race in Las Vegas will be added to the calendar from next season, joining Miami and Austin.

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Verstappen’s third victory of the season was hard fought, even though he led for the majority of the race. A crash between Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris on Lap 41 triggered the safety car, and when racing resumed on lap 47, Leclerc pushed hard to retake the lead.

But despite getting to within half a second of his rival, Leclerc had to satisfy himself with second place as he improved his championship tally to 104 points.

“At the safety car restart on the hard [tires], we were very strong, but four or five laps, they [Red Bull] seemed to stabilize the tires in a better window and there they are just quicker than us,” said Leclerc.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finished fourth, ahead of the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

The F1 season continues on May 22 when Barcelona hosts the Spanish Grand Prix.


Max Verstappen memenangkan Miami Grand Prix perdana

Kabar Medsos – Max Verstappen memenangkan Miami Grand Prix perdana pada Minggu di depan pemimpin kejuaraan Charles Leclerc.

Kemenangan itu memangkas keunggulan Leclerc atas Verstappen menjadi 19 poin di klasemen, sementara rekan setimnya di Ferrari, Carlos Sainz, melengkapi podium.

Verstappen memulai dengan cepat di Hard Rock Stadium — yang menggelar balapan pertama dari dua balapan di Amerika Serikat musim ini — saat ia menyalip Sainz di tikungan pertama.

Dia kemudian mulai menutup celah di Leclerc dan melewati saingannya di lap sembilan – sebuah keuntungan yang akan dia pertahankan selama sisa balapan.

“Ini adalah comeback yang sangat bagus,” kata Verstappen.

“Saya bahkan tidak melakukan [latihan] awal, jadi saya tidak tahu apa yang diharapkan di awal yang sebenarnya. Tapi kami memiliki peluncuran yang bagus dan saya melihat peluang untuk berkeliling di luar [Sainz] di tikungan pertama, jadi saya mencoba. Untungnya, itu berhasil.”

Ada kerumunan bintang di paddock untuk balapan Formula Satu pertama Miami, termasuk Tom Brady, David Beckham dan Michael Jordan, yang semuanya berpose untuk foto bersama dengan juara F1 tujuh kali Lewis Hamilton.

Serena dan Venus Williams juga hadir, begitu pula musisi Will.i.am, Pharrell Williams dan DJ Khaled.

Perlombaan datang di tengah ekspansi lanjutan F1 di AS menyusul keberhasilan seri Netflix “Drive to Survive”.

Balapan Amerika ketiga di Las Vegas akan ditambahkan ke kalender mulai musim depan, bergabung dengan Miami dan Austin.

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Kemenangan ketiga Verstappen musim ini diperjuangkan dengan susah payah, meskipun ia memimpin sebagian besar balapan. Tabrakan antara Pierre Gasly dan Lando Norris di Lap 41 memicu safety car, dan saat balapan dilanjutkan di lap 47, Leclerc berusaha keras untuk merebut kembali keunggulan.

Namun meski sempat terpaut setengah detik dari rivalnya, Leclerc harus memuaskan dirinya dengan menempati posisi kedua saat ia meningkatkan perolehan poinnya di kejuaraan menjadi 104 poin.

“Saat safety car restart pada [ban] keras, kami sangat kuat, tetapi empat atau lima lap, mereka [Red Bull] tampaknya menstabilkan ban di jendela yang lebih baik dan di sana mereka lebih cepat dari kami,” kata Leclerc.

Pembalap Red Bull Sergio Perez finis keempat, di depan pasangan Mercedes George Russell dan Lewis Hamilton.

Musim F1 berlanjut pada 22 Mei ketika Barcelona menjadi tuan rumah Grand Prix Spanyol.

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