Verstappen Wins Miami GP Sprint from Pole, Ricciardo Keeps P4

May 4, 2024Ramon Jones
Formula 1

Max Verstappen continued his win streak this morning after winning the Miami Grand Prix Sprint race. However, the story of the day sits with Daniel Ricciardo and his performance in the race. Ricciardo has struggled to find points finishes this season and that drought finally came to an end today. He started the race P4 maintaining his position from the start. Ricciardo had moments of brilliance at the start of the race when he got passed Sergio Perez briefly. Perez was ultimately able to take the place back but Ricciardo will be hailed for his defense in this race.

Ricciardo held off a surging Carlos Sainz who was in DRS striking range for the entire race. Sainz however couldn’t make it stick in terms of a move for a pass. He settled for P5 in the race. His teammate Charles Leclerc had the pace to split the Red Bulls finishing P2. It was a great points finish for Ferrari who beat out Aston Martin and Mercedes in the sprint. To make matters worse for Mercedes, the German side thought they were going to secure a point with Hamilton’s P8 finish however it was announced at the end of the sprint that Hamilton would receive a time penalty for speeding in the pit lane. The penalty dropped Hamilton to P16 and out of the points. Yuki Tsunoda inherited the position which meant a double points finish for RB.

Norris Discusses Turn 1 Crash

By Turn one of the race Norri’s race was over after an over zealous mistake that cost him a chance at points. “I just pushed too hard, as simple as that,” said Norris with a rueful smile after Sprint Qualifying. “The car was feeling very good. Just silly, to be honest. A couple of mistakes in Turn 1 and just a big spiral from there. A shame because the team have done a good job, the upgrades are working, so I’m happy with everything. Just not with one thing!”

Grand Prix qualifying will take place later this afternoon.

Full Sprint Race Results

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1931:31.3838
216Charles LeclercFERRARI19+3.371s7
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT19+5.095s6
43Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT19+14.971s5
555Carlos SainzFERRARI19+15.222s4
681Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES19+15.750s3
727Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI19+22.054s2
822Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT19+29.816s1
910Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT19+31.880s0
102Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES19+34.355s0
1124Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI19+35.078s0
1263George RussellMERCEDES19+35.755s0
1323Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES19+36.086s0
1477Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI19+36.892s0
1531Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT19+37.740s0
1644Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES19+49.347s0
1714Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES19+59.409s0
1820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI19+66.303s0
NC4Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES0+0 lap0
*Kevin Magnussen was given 3 time penalties for track limits, Hamilton was penalized for speeding in the pit lane.