Follow live news and reaction from the first-ever Miami Grand Prix as Max Verstappen passed title rival Charles Leclerc to win
Follow live news and reaction as Max Verstappen held off a late charge from Charles Leclerc to win the inaugural Miami Grand Prix and close the gap to the Ferrari driver at the top of the championship standings.
Verstappen looked to be closing in on a dominant win after passing both Leclerc and Carlos Sainz from third place but a late safety car, triggered after Pierre Gasly collided with Lando Norris, set up a thrilling finish.
The safety car led to the tightening of the field with 14 laps remaining. It worked out well George Russell – who was able to pit for mediums – and the Mercedes driver passed team-mate Lewis Hamilton to finish fifth.
But Verstappen was able to retain his lead over Leclerc, just as Sainz protected his place on the podium from Sergio Perez as the Spaniard recovered from consecutive DNFs.
Follow all the fallout, live news and reaction from the F1 Miami Grand Prix below:
When and where is the next Formula One race?
The Formula One season is in full swing as the drivers prepare for the sixth race of the most extensive calendar in the sport’s history.
So far, Max Verstappen secured his third win of the season at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, holding off Charles Leclerc and narrowing the Monegasque driver’s advantage at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings to 19 points.
Red Bull and Ferrari’s rivalry continues to bubble away nicely, with the two teams separated by just six points in the Constructors’ Championship.
Elsewhere on the grid, Mercedes continue to strive for solutions to their performance issues after making a degree of progress, while McLaren had a tough weekend, failing to score a point in Florida.
Here is everything you need to know.
All you need to know ahead of the next Formula 1 race of the 2022 season
An ode to Martin Brundle, whose F1 Miami Grand Prix grid walk should go down in history
When the former Liverpool striker Ian St. John passed away just over a year ago, tributes poured in for a player whose goals and aggression had altered the course English football history forever, writes Dan Austin.
As one of the greatest players of the Bill Shankly era, St. John is remembered with enormous fondness by fans of the Reds and beyond, but the vast majority of people who were shook by St. John’s death were moved not by his career as a sportsman, but as a television personality.
After retiring from the game, St. John forged an enormously successful career in media, most notably presenting alongside Jimmy Greaves on the BBC’s immensely popular Saint and Greavsie programme in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as on the airwaves with Radio City in Liverpool until shortly before his death. St. John’s warmth, humour, and vibrancy endeared him to a new generation of sports fans and saw him conquer an entirely different industry which he never formally trained for or set out to work in.
The transition from professional athlete to full-time broadcaster is notoriously difficult, as anybody who has ever seen the chastening appraisals and downright abuse dished out online to former footballers based on their nervous energy or safety-first punditry on Sky Sports or Match of the Day will know.
Venus Williams, David Beckham and Paolo Banchero featured in a Miami Grand Prix grid walk which proved Martin Brundle is a national treasure
Max Verstappen moves into top-ten all-time F1 podium finishes
Max Verstappen moved into the top ten of all-time F1 podium finishes by winning the Miami Grand Prix last weekend for his 63rd top-three placing, displacing David Coulthard.
At the age of just 24, the Dutchman will likely move much higher on the list and Valtteri Bottas and Rubens Barrichello will be in his sights in the coming weeks.
Lewis Hamilton makes Mercedes admission after more disappointment at Miami Grand Prix
Hamilton started sixth and finished in the same position after he fell behind team-mate George Russell in the closing stages of Formula One’s first visit to Florida.
Russell was able to take advantage of a late safety car period to stop for fresh rubber and pass his teammate.
Hamilton is already 68 points behind championship leader Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and 23 points adrift of Russell, who has beaten him at the last four grands prix.
Hamilton started sixth and finished in the same position after he fell behind teammate George Russell in the closing stages
‘That’s news to me!’ Christian Horner reacts to Fernando Alonso rumours
Former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok suggested during Sky Sports’ coverage of the Miami Grand Prix that Alonso would be keen to join Max Verstappen and would be prepared to play second fiddle to the reigning world champion.
The Spaniard, who won back-to-back world titles in 2005 and 2006, is out of contract at Alpine at the conclusion of the 2022 season, and has also been linked with a potential vacant seat at Aston Martin.
It appears that the 40-year-old will not be calling Red Bull his new home, though, with team principal Horner emphatically dismissing the rumours when asked in Florida.
“That’s news to me!” Horner said of the links with Alonso. “We are very happy with the drivers we’ve got here. Fernando’s a great driver, it’s fantastic he’s still in Formula 1 and given the plus 40 [age], he’s something to aspire to. But he doesn’t fit part of our plans.”
Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok suggested on Sky Sports that Alonso was pushing for a move to Red Bull
Lewis Hamilton talked out of Miami Grand Prix withdrawal over jewellery ban by FIA president
The seven-time world champion indicated he was ready to boycott Sunday’s maiden Formula One race at the Hard Rock Stadium amid the governing body’s jewellery cockpit clampdown.
Hamilton addressed the media in Friday’s FIA press conference wearing a plethora of rings, bracelets, necklaces and piercings in a clear message of defiance, before saying: “If they stop me then so be it. We’ve got a spare driver, so we’re well prepped for the weekend. There’s lots to do in the city anyway.”
But less than three hours later and after a discussion with Ben Sulayem, and a meeting with the FIA’s President of the Medical Commission, Dr Sean Petherbridge, Hamilton was convinced on safety grounds to remove his earrings.
Hamilton was also afforded a two-race medical exemption for his nose stud which cannot be easily taken out.
The jewellery ban had caused Hamilton to consider pulling out of the Miami GP until Mohammed ben Sulayem’s intervention
Abbie Eaton believes it could be seven years before F1 has a woman driver
The 2022 W Series season opener formed part of a doubleheader alongside Formula One’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix over the weekend, with reigning two-time champion Jamie Chadwick taking a dramatic victory after overtaking Emma Kimilainen on the final lap.
The W Series will race at eight Grand Prix weekends during the 2022 season, including five new venues, but Eaton – who was the official driver for Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s Grand Tour – believes there could be a protracted wait for a woman F1 driver.
She said: “Five to seven years. I think probably there are obviously a lot of young talented people coming through in our championship and we’ve got a few young drivers as well but I think probably the ones that will actually make it are probably still in karts at the moment.
“I think given their development time, and if they’re picked up at the right moment then I think probably seven years or so.
“It’s got to be the first person that gets into F1 for a full drive, before that I think there will be opportunities for girls to do FP1 or whatever but I think for a full-time female F1 driver it will be that length of time.”
Lewis Hamilton refuses to compromise on nose stud in jewellery row with FIA
The seven-time world champion appeared to adhere to the FIA’s jewellery cockpit clampdown by taking out his earrings for Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix – hours after wearing a plethora of jewellery during a pre-race press conference. He even suggested he could withdraw from the grand prix in protest.
Hamilton was talked out of that specific threat following a discussion with FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem and a meeting with the FIA’s president of the medical commission, Dr Sean Petherbridge, on Friday.
The 37-year-old said he would remove his earrings and was handed a two-race medical exemption for his nose stud which cannot be easily taken out.
However, after qualifying on Saturday, Hamilton said he was not satisfied with the compromise and insisted he would not remove the nose piercing when his exemption expires at the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29.
The Briton says he ‘will get exemptions for the rest of the year’
Lando Norris explains ‘silly accident’ with Pierre Gasly at Miami Grand Prix
Norris was struggling near the back of the field after being caught in a DRS train at the inaugural Miami race but failed to finish for the first time this season after clipping Gasly along the straight.
In what was a bizarre and avoidable incident, Norris clipped Gasly’s wheel as he went for the overtake but managed to avoid the wall as he spun out, with the French driver seemingly unaware that Norris was behind him.
“It’s tough. I’ve looked at it a few times now but it’s tricky,” Norris told Sky Sports. “I don’t know if he had damage or something.
“I left space obviously, I knew he was on my right but the track kind of kinks to the right. I’m going with the flow of the circuit and it didn’t look like he was. He was looking in his right mirror.”
The crash capped a poor weekend for McLaren as both Norris and Daniel Ricciardo finished outside of the points
Christian Horner admits Red Bull got ‘lucky’ after Ferrari missed key opportunity in Miami
But a safety car with 14 laps of the race remaining, triggered after Lando Norris collided with Pierre Gasly and crashed out, led to the tightening of the field.
Verstappen had to fight over the closing stages of the race to hold off a surging Leclerc and get himself out of DRS trouble, but Horner revealed he feared it could have been worse had the championship leader pitted for softs.
Sergio Perez and George Russell were among those to pit, with the Mercedes driver passing team-mate Lewis Hamilton, but both Ferraris stayed out.
The late safety car changed the race but Verstappen was able to hang on to claim a win