Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. simply didn’t have the straight line speed that Verstappen had in his Red Bull Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen. We kept it exciting to the end Verstappen said at the finish. It was an incredible Sunday for us. We struggled with the medium tires and that made our race more difficult early on.
His teammate Sainz agreed.
The tires with the heat the car was sliding. The series now moves on to Spain in two weeks where Leclerc hopes they can make incremental steps to closing the power gap. We need to keep pushing Leclerc said. I hope we can take a step up for the next race.
Miami Grand Prix unofficial results:
- Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing
- Charles Leclerc Ferrari
- Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari
- Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing
- George Russell Mercedes
- Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
- Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
- Esteban Ocon Alpine
- Fernando Alonso Alpine
- Alexander Albon Williams
- Lance Stroll Aston Martin
- Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
- Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
- Nicholas Latifi Williams
- Mick Schumacher Haas
- Kevin Magnussen Haas
- Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
- Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
- Lando Norris McLaren
- Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo
- What we learned
The best strategy is a fast car.
Coming to a circuit they had only experienced through computer simulations drivers and teams had no real idea what was in store for them at Miami Gardens. Would this be a two-stop race?
It’s simply that Pirelli did a good job on their homework and brought a good mix of tires to the race.
At a circuit that was looking to be a high-speed affair from the get-go and played out that way Red Bull configuration of low downforce higher straight-line speed was the difference as even with DRS Charles Leclerc was not able to make up much of the gap to Vestappen over the final 10 laps.
It was the same story at Imola and Ferrari need to make up that power difference if they are going to stay in the title chase.
The team that could pretty much do no wrong and was nearly invincible for eight seasons seems to not be able to hold it together for a grand prix weekend now with Lewis Hamilton radioing his team at the finish your strategy was not kind to me.