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Max Verstappen wins inaugural Miami Grand Prix

Max Verstappen held off Ferrari driver and championship leader Charles Leclerc to win the first ever Miami Grand Prix on Sunday.Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz finished third in the race held on a circuit created in a stadium car park, complete with a fake marina and plastic yachts.

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The Red Bull of reigning world champion Verstappen overtook Leclerc, who started in pole position, at the start of the race and the Dutchman hung on for his third victory of the season.

Sergio Perez was fourth, with the Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton in fifth and sixth.

Max Verstappen proved himself a worthy winner after coming home first in the inaugural Miami Grand Prix

The Red Bull racer passed Charles Leclerc early on and then held off his challenge following a late safety car

Leclerc started from pole position but, after being overtaken, battled back and finished in a valiant second

Lewis Hamilton finished sixth, meanwhile, with his Mercedes team-mate George Russell pipping him to fifth

From this point, Verstappen maintained total control of the race bar a brief period following a late safety car where Leclerc managed to hang within DRS range of Verstappen from laps 47 to 53.

Sainz’s third-place finish marks his first podium since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Spaniard retired from both the Australian and Emilia Romagna Grands Prix due to on-track incidents.

Perez finished just behind Sainz after spending the final leg of the race harassing the Ferrari driver for third place. Perez reported a loss of power on lap 20, and Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner later confirmed to the commentary booth that Perez was dealing with a loss of around 20 horsepower.

Red Bull’s top speed advantage — and a fresh set of medium tires — allowed Perez to hang close to Sainz despite the power deficit, but the Mexican’s only shot at Sainz ended on lap 52 when Perez got a bit too ambitious under braking into turn one and ran wide.

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