Race Report: Lando Norris wins Miami GP

Lando Norris took his McLaren all the way to victory at the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix beating Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. It was a long time coming for Lando but it was clear on Friday that McLaren had the pace to be competitive this weekend and competitive they were with a terrific win that endorsed the massive upgrades they brought this weekend.

You could ask the question, did McLaren’s upgrades just move their car into a seriously competitive realm capable of taking the fight to Red Bull? Was this a case of the track simply flattering the McLaren chassis and hobbling the Red Bull? We may not fully know util Imola in a couple of weeks.

Despite that, it was clear that the McLaren had pace from Friday onwards and there was a moment in Q2 when the paddock took notice of the overall pace shown by Lando. Meanwhile, it was also clear that Max was struggling with grip and balance for most of the weekend even leaving Max wondering what happened to the other cars during qualifying because he knew he was struggling.

Win

A huge win for Lando Norris and McLaren. They’ve worked methodically in Woking to begin a winning path and in the hands of Lando Norris, the execution was perfect in Miami. The Safety Car was certainly a contributing factor that can’t be ignored as it benefits some and penalizes others but even with the SC, McLaren’s strategy was spot on for a podium for sure so a big win for their strategy team. Oscar had a good race despite falling out of the points.

A win for Red Bull for finishing second as Max had to work through a lack of grip and balance. If you’re going to lose a race, finishing second is the best you can do. Sergio came home in 5th.

It’s not a win for Mercedes, contextually, but Lewis Hamilton found pace that he didn’t seem to have earlier in the weekend and managed to claw in some points for a P6 finish with George Russell in P8. George said something wasn’t right with his car.

Ferrari had a good day too with Charles Leclerc in P3 and Carlos Sainz in P4 and while getting beaten by McLaren isn’t what they wanted, they did score good points in the Constructor’s Championship against Red Bull.

A win for Yuki Tsunoda who ran the same strategy as Lando and took advantage of the SC to bring his RB home in P7.

Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon managed to nip some points in P9 and P10 respectively. It’s Esteban’s first point of the season.

Fail

A fail for Sergio Perez who looked off the pace this weekend but perhaps you could spare some thought for him as Red Bull was struggling in general. As championships go, finishing behind both Ferrari’s isn’t where he needed to be.

A fail for Haas and Nico Hulkernberg who looked competitive early on but slipped backwards and out of the points for their home race. Kevin Magnussen was well out of the points on a weekend that was riddled with penalties.

A fail for Osar Piastri who looked like he would be the McLaren on the podium and he may have been had he not had a clash with Carlos Sainz costing an additional stop for a new front wing moving him out of the points.

It may not have been his fault but a DNF for Logan Sergeant in his home race is not good. His teammate, Alex Albon, had a ragged weekend too finishing dead last.

WTH

Whew! I was trying to log in to the post-race coverage with Sky and they delayed that over on ESPN Plus. I logged in to their own ESPN post-race coverage and that was painful. Thankfully they eventually got the checkered flag broadcast going with Jenson Button and team. I’ll never understand why some broadcasters choose who they choose to host their coverage.

So now it’s all confusing. You have ESPN broadcasting Sky Sports F1 which is fine, then you have F1 TV and now their new F1 24/7 streaming channel and now ESPN gets some 20-somethings to create content. It’s getting confusing folks. I’m about ready to Yuki F-bomb the entire situation.

While I think the stewards got it wrong with Kevin on Saturday—it should have been a warning for first offense, black/white flag for second and penalty for third—I am wondering why he was on a mission to be the villain of f1 with his move on Logan and a handful of additional penalties on Sunday.

Pirelli View:

As easily predicted, the one stop strategy was the only plausible one, but first the Virtual Safety Car on lap 22 and then the real one on lap 28 obviously upset the plans, giving those who had not yet pitted the chance to do so while losing significantly less time than those who had already changed tyres. This reshuffled the pack and then the order remained relatively static in the early stages after the restart, at least among the leaders.

On the starting grid, the most popular compound was the C3 with 15 drivers going for what, on paper was the quickest strategy, namely a first stint on the Medium and a second on the Hard. Hamilton, Alonso, Ricciardo and Magnussen opted for the C2, hoping to run as long a first stint as possible, while Bottas gambled on the C4.

A total of 1110 laps were completed with only Sargeant (Williams) failing to finish the race. The C3 did the most work (562 laps, 50.6%) with a slightly higher mileage than the C2 (504 laps, 45.4%). The C4 was only used by the two Sauber drivers, by Bottas for the first 11 laps and by Zhou from his pit stop to the chequered flag and it proved to be up to the task both in terms of degradation and performance.

Apart from the sight of a brand new Formula 1 race winner on the podium in the shape of Lando Norris, there was also a novelty when it came to the Podium Cap which Pirelli provides to the top three finishers in the Grand Prix, as well as the representative of the winning team, who today was McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella. For the Miami event, Formula 1’s Global Tyre Partner prepared a special cap in turquoise, a colour suggesting the waters in front of the city’s beaches, along with stylised palm trees on the peak, an emblematic element of Miami, alongside the flag of the United States of America.

Miani GP Results:

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
14Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES571:30:49.87625
21Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT57+7.612s18
316Charles LeclercFERRARI57+9.920s15
455Carlos SainzFERRARI57+11.407s12
511Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT57+14.650s10
644Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES57+16.585s8
722Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT57+26.185s6
863George RussellMERCEDES57+34.789s4
914Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES57+37.107s2
1031Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT57+39.746s1
1127Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI57+40.789s0
1210Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT57+44.958s0
1381Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES57+49.756s0
1424Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI57+49.979s0
153Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT57+50.956s0
1677Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI57+52.356s0
1718Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES57+55.173s0
1820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI57+64.683s0
1923Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES57+76.091s0
NC2Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES27DNF0
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race-report-lando-norris-wins-miami-gpA great race with a lot of drama throught the entire grid. Great win for Lando Norris!!
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jiji the cat

whats link for live recording, might actually be able to make it?

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jcn11594cc6fe9e6

I’ll give a WTH to Ted Kravitz with his woke/cringe phrasing when he said “unsportsPERSONlike” because the word “MAN” apparently is very bad.

John

Todd, I couldn’t agree with you more on the choice of broadcasters. I’ve had it with SKY and the diversity girls. Let’s not forget Damon Hill who I think you hold in similar disrespect. I sort of loathe the Danica show in the US races. While she has raced, it doesn’t make you a good analyst, same as Hill. I’m mostly happy with F1TV having switched. The pre and post shows are better than SKY.

Xean Drury

A Win for James Hinchcliffe on the commentary. He fits in perfectly to the race calling. Kind of wish he did all the races.