Miami Grand Prix 2023: Max Verstappen’s Unforgettable Comeback and Red Bull’s Dominance

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Formula 1 Miami 2023 - Max Verstappen

The Miami Grand Prix 2023 will be etched in the annals of Formula 1 history as a testament to Max Verstappen’s incredible resilience and Red Bull Racing’s dominance.

The race saw Verstappen claw his way back from a ninth-place start to take the checkered flag, while Red Bull secured their fourth one-two finish of the season. This thrilling narrative recounts the Dutch driver’s extraordinary comeback and the key moments that defined the race.

The initial phase of the race saw Sergio Pérez take the lead, with Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz close behind. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen began his determined climb up the ranks. After losing a position to Valterri Bottas at the start, Verstappen quickly regained ground, overtaking Esteban Ocon and eventually moving past Kevin Magnussen and Charles Leclerc in a daring maneuver under DRS.

Continuing his relentless pursuit, Verstappen overtook George Russell and Pierre Gasly, setting his sights on Alonso. With impeccable skill, he breezed past the Aston Martin driver, who offered little resistance. As medium-tyre starters entered the pits, Pérez switched to Hard tyres, leaving Verstappen in the lead.

The race then evolved into a strategic duel between Pérez and Verstappen. Pérez struggled to close the gap while preserving his tyres, but Verstappen’s impressive lap times on aging Hards indicated that the Mexican driver faced an uphill battle.

In the final phase of the race, Verstappen made his sole pit stop, switching to Medium tyres. Emerging just 1.6 seconds behind Pérez, he closed the gap and launched an attack into Turn 17. Despite Pérez’s valiant defense, Verstappen managed to overtake him at the start of the next lap, securing the lead and ultimately the win.

As Max Verstappen crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of Pérez, he not only claimed his second consecutive Miami Grand Prix victory but also his third win of the season. Alonso finished third, capping off his fourth podium finish of the year. The race concluded with George Russell, Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, and Kevin Magnussen rounding out the top ten.

This gripping narrative of the Miami Grand Prix 2023 highlights Max Verstappen’s exceptional comeback, demonstrating his unwavering determination and formidable skill behind the wheel. As Red Bull Racing continues to dominate the season, the excitement and anticipation for the remaining races is palpable.

Formula 1 Miami 2023 - Max Verstappen
© Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters

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The results of the Grand Prix of Miami 2023

  1. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull)
  2. Sergio Pérez (MEX/Red Bull)
  3. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Aston Martin)
  4. George Russell (GBT/Mercedes)
  5. Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari)
  6. Lewis Hamilton (GBT/Mercedes)
  7. Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari)
  8. Pierre Gasly (Alpine)
  9. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  10. Kevin Magnussen (DAN/Haas)
  11. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/Alpha Tauri)
  12. Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin)
  13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo)
  14. Alex Albon (THA/Williams)
  15. Nico Hülkenberg (ALL/Haas)
  16. Guanyu Zhou (CHN/Alfa Romeo)
  17. Lando Norris (GBT/McLaren)
  18. Nyck de Vries (NED/Alpha Tauri)
  19. Oscar Piastri (AUS/McLaren)
  20. Logan Sargeant (USA/Williams)

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