Miami GP: 2 winners and 2 losers from the weekend

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And just like that, the Miami Grand Prix was over.

All the excitement and build-up to F1’s newest race has been and gone, and we now have a result to show for it with Max Verstappen taking the lead early from Charles Leclerc and then keeping him at bay, despite a late concerted effort from the Ferrari man after a Safety Car in the closing stages.

In truth, the race needed that Safety Car to spark into life as beforehand the Grand Prix was rather going through the motions but, thankfully, we did at least get some action towards the end.

Who were the winners and losers from the weekend, though? We take a look at two of each…

Winner – Alex Albon

Albon is really excelling in that Williams of his at the moment, and he scored more points in Miami for the team.

He said post-race that on paper this track was going to be horrible for the car but he managed to get a decent tune out of it from early in the weekend, and rose to finish in the points – with him finishing 9th after a penalty had been handed to Fernando Alonso in front of him.

A fine weekend for Albon, who looks nicely settled in the Grove team now.

Loser – Mick Schumacher

Poor Mick. That’s all you could feel as he tangled with friend Sebastian Vettel in the final laps.

Schumacher had looked really strong all weekend around the Miami circuit and would have been good value for the points finish that he was on course to get.

A late collision with Sebastian Vettel into turn one ruined both their chances of points, though, with Schumacher dropping down the field after needing a replacement front-wing and Sebastian Vettel heading back to the garage with floor damage.

Just a massive shame, with the wait for first-ever F1 points for Schumacher continuing.

Mick Schumacher in Miami
MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 08: Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the (47) Haas F1 VF-22 Ferrari leads Yuki Tsunoda of Japan driving the (22) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT03 during the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 08, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Winner – Lance Stroll

Stroll had a good qualifying session but then both Aston Martins had to start the race from the pits, undoing all his decent work on Saturday.

The Canadian managed to pick his way through, though, and earned another point as those in front of him either tripped over one another or earned penalties for their part in incidents.

He did well to salvage something from the weekend.

Loser – McLaren

McLaren have made good progress but this weekend was a write-off in the end.

Both drivers found themselves outside the top ten and that was before Lando Norris touched Pierre Gasly’s car to send him spinning out of the Grand Prix.

The Safety Car sparked the race into life in the closing stages, but Norris was out and couldn’t benefit, and nor could Daniel Ricciardo in the other MCL36.

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