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Miami GP: Lando Norris finally wins his first race in Formula 1 after McLaren driver beats Max Verstappen | F1 news

10:46 PM, UK, Sunday May 5, 2024

Lando Norris claimed the first victory of his Formula 1 career in his 110th race as he took full advantage of a timely Safety Car and then emphatically distanced himself from Max Verstappen to win the Miami Grand Prix.

Norris broke the unwanted record of most podium finishes without a win in his sixth F1 season, running just sixth in the opening stages, but McLaren’s decision to extend his opening stint worked wonders when the Safety Car was released. called for a crash for Williams’ Logan Sargeant.

As the cars ahead of him had all left the pit lane by then – including race leader Verstappen – Norris had inherited the lead and was then crucially able to retain it by pitting under the Safety Car while his rivals all drove around the track at lower speed.

However, the job was far from done with 24 laps to go when the race resumed and Verstappen, who previously looked set for another comfortable win, was hot on his heels.

But Norris impressively showed no nerves and, rather than having to defend himself against the world champion, consistently pulled away from the Red Bull in the remaining laps and eventually won by seven seconds.

Lando Norris pulls away from Max Verstappen after the safety car restart during the Miami GP

24-year-old Norris takes McLaren’s first victory since Daniel Ricciardo in the 2021 Italian GP and only their second in the past twelve years.

Verstappen had to settle for a distant second place after surpassing all other sessions in the sprint weekend in Miami.

Charles Leclerc, who had been overtaken at the race start by the other McLaren of Oscar Piastri, finished third ahead of Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz.

Lewis Hamilton finished in the highest position of his difficult season so far in sixth after a strong race for Mercedes, finishing within 2 seconds of the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

Opening lap drama in Sergio Perez almost hits Max Verstappen as he stalls in the first corner of the Miami GP

Yuki Tsunoda beat the second Mercedes of George Russell to eighth, while Fernando Alonso recovered from his disappointing qualifying to finish ninth for Aston Martin.

Alpine finally opened their 2024 points account with Esteban Ocon in 10th place.

More to follow…

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