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Lando Norris wins for McLaren

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Norris beat Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari after the McLaren ace took full benefit to make his pitstop below the protection automotive, in contrast to all his rivals.

2024 F1 Miami Grand Prix outcomes

2024 F1 Miami Grand Prix report

Polesitter Verstappen led the cost to Flip 1, as his team-mate Sergio Perez divebombed down the within of the Ferraris however locked up and went straight on – simply lacking Verstappen.

Leclerc ran second from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz initially, however a fast-starting Oscar Piastri (McLaren) – from sixth on the grid – snatched third from the Spaniard across the outdoors at Flip 2, whereas Perez recovered in fifth, forward of Norris.

Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) handed Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, which began on arduous tyres amongst a principally medium-shod area, for seventh. Additional again, the Alpines raced wheel to wheel by the Turns 13-14-15 and 16 sequence in an argument over 13th, with Pierre Gasly grabbing the spot after a brush of wheels.

Verstappen pulled away from Leclerc’s DRS vary, leaving the lead Ferrari liable to Piastri and Sainz. Piastri DRS-ed previous Leclerc at Flip 17 on the finish of lap 4 however was already 2s behind Verstappen.

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Perez fell away from the leaders, into the clutches of Norris. Hamilton regained seventh from Hulkenberg on the strategy to Flip 11 on lap seven, with Lewis reporting “we practically had an enormous crash there” as he was squeezed in the direction of the wall.

However Hamilton locked up six corners later and allowed Hulkenberg forward of him once more. They swapped locations once more three laps later, with George Russell (Mercedes) additionally getting by at Flip 11 a few laps later, which was Hulkenberg’s cue to pit for arduous tyres.

The primary of the frontrunners to cease was Perez on lap 18, as Norris started to hound him for fifth. Launched, Norris instantly set quickest lap.

Leclerc pitted on lap 20, rejoining in sixth behind the long-running Hamilton. He pulled an excellent around-the-outside transfer on the seven-time champion at Flip 11.

There was drama on the entrance too, as Verstappen collected the bollard on the apex of Flip 15 and was lucky that it was jettisoned from the automotive after initially getting snarled in his entrance wing and suspension. That resulted in a quick digital security automotive, to retrieve the items of bollard safely – however there wasn’t time for any of the main lights to make a ‘low-cost’ pitstop.

Verstappen pitted on the finish of lap 23, permitting Piastri to guide from Sainz and Norris. Sainz stopped on lap 28, simply earlier than Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Logan Sargeant (Williams) clashed at Flip 3, inflicting a full security automotive. Sargeant slammed backwards into the wall, however stepped from his automotive unharmed.

Norris’s long-running technique thus paid off, as he was capable of make a ‘free’ pitstop, rejoining properly away from Verstappen within the lead. Perez pitted once more, going again onto mediums.

Norris led the restart from Verstappen, Leclerc, Piastri, Sainz and Perez. Yuki Tsuonda grabbed seventh from Hamilton at Flip 11.

Norris extracted himself from Verstappen’s DRS vary with a superb opening lap, whereas Sainz duelled arduous with Piastri for fourth – banging wheels at Flip 11. Moments later, Hamilton repassed Tsunoda across the outdoors of Flip 12.

Norris stored banging in spectacular lap instances, leaving Verstappen in his wake. Max complained: “I can’t get the automotive to show, it’s a catastrophe.”

Sainz handed Piastri for fourth with a strong transfer with contact at Flip 17 on lap 39, and simply managed to remain forward because the Australian retaliated into Flip 1. Stewards will examine their collision after the race.

Perez and Hamilton then handed Piastri, who suffered entrance wing harm when Sainz clipped him and was compelled to pit.

Norris proved unassailable out entrance, beating Verstappen by 7.6s, who had Leclerc 2s additional again.

Sainz completed fourth, however should see the stewards, from Perez and Hamilton.

Tsunoda completed seventh, forward of Russell, Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) and Esteban Ocon scored Alpine’s first level of the season in 10th.

2024 F1 Miami Grand Prix quickest laps

Cla Driver  Automobile / Engine   Time   Delay   Kp/h 
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1’30.634   214.965
23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1’30.849 0.215 214.456
11 Sergio Pérez Crimson Bull/Honda RBPT 1’30.855 0.221 214.442
55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1’30.928 0.294 214.270
4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1’30.980 0.346 214.148
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’31.084 0.450 213.903
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’31.233 0.599 213.554
1 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull/Honda RBPT 1’31.261 0.627 213.488
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’31.588 0.954 212.726
10  22 Yuki Tsunoda RB/Honda RBPT 1’31.682 1.048 212.508
11  14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’31.727 1.093 212.404
12  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1’31.774 1.140 212.295
13  63 George Russell Mercedes 1’31.921 1.287 211.955
14  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1’31.941 1.307 211.909
15  24 Zhou Guanyu Sauber/Ferrari 1’31.991 1.357 211.794
16  31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1’32.037 1.403 211.688
17  10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1’32.055 1.421 211.647
18  77 Valtteri Bottas Sauber/Ferrari 1’32.098 1.464 211.548
19  3 Daniel Ricciardo RB/Honda RBPT 1’32.122 1.488 211.493
20  2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1’33.452 2.818 208.483

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