Sky Sports: Verstappen the biggest star in Miami
“Max Verstappen fended off a late attack by Charles Leclerc and won the first Grand Prix in Miami,” begins the British colleague’s race report. Sky Sports† The Dutchman is praised (“Verstappen was in top form”) for his strong performance, moving up from third place and taking matters into his own hands. “Verstappen overtook both Ferraris at the start of the race without any problems. A late safety car made for a nerve-wracking finale. Leclerc, the pole-sitter who lost the lead on Lap 7, suddenly picked up pace again and the two title contenders battled again. However, despite DRS, Leclerc could not come for Verstappen.” With the victory, the Dutchman continued a special statistic: This year he won all the races in which he finished. The editor on duty calculates: “Despite his two DNFs, he has reduced the gap to leader Leclerc to just nineteen points.”
The final verdict: “It was an ‘electrifying afternoon’ in Miami and certainly a star-studded event. The true star of Formula 1 racing was certainly Verstappen.”
Gazzetta dello Sport: Outstanding performance by the Dutch world champion
“Too much Red Bull, too much Max Verstappen,” opens the Italian sports newspaper Gazetta dello Sport† Of course there is appreciation for Italian pride Ferrari, but one simply cannot ignore the dominance of the Red Bull driver. “A good Ferrari had to bow to the excellent performance of the Dutch world champion in Miami. Despite his third place on the grid, he defeated both Ferraris and passed the tricky final in which the rearing horse launched a final attack. However, Max was in control at all crucial moments of the race, managing the tires better and confirming that Imola’s great performance was not a one-off revival.”
Of course, after claiming the front row, Ferrari dreamed of a better result, but Leclerc and Sainz just couldn’t do much. “The race confirmed that the RB18 currently has a bit more power than the F1-75, especially on the straights. This second and third place has to be accepted. Leclerc keeps the championship lead, but Max is now only nineteen points behind.” The Dutchman gets a 10 for his performance in the usual jury reports of the editors.
Image: German Drama
A little less attention in Germany for Verstappen’s victory, but the headline is one with national drama: “Mick crashes with Vettel!” Also the report of picture begins with the argument between the two Germans. “Is that mad! Because Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel touch each other shortly before the end, both miss a point. For Mick, that would have been the first stage of his career.” After that, it’s still about the Dutchman’s fight for victory: “In front of more than 80,000 fans, he beats both Ferraris and gets his third win of the season. On lap nine, Verstappen can position himself alongside Leclerc with DRS on the start-finish line and overtake in the first corner. The world champion has left the Ferrari duo behind and is expanding his lead.”
It gets exciting in the final phase after a “shock moment after 41 laps!”. The collision between Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris resulted in a safety car. “Leclerc is on Verstappen’s heels but the leader can defend his position.” The final chord in the German report is for the clash between Schumacher and Vettel, the final chord in Miami for Max Verstappen, who can gain another 26 points.
L’Equipe: The gap between Ferrari and Red Bull is getting smaller from race to race
Despite the difficult start to the weekend, Max Verstappen did not take any action on Sunday, summed up the editor of the French sports newspaper the team: “Under the Florida sun he had the Ferraris on his sword. At the start, the reigning world champion was in second place. With his fighting spirit, he quickly caught up with Leclerc and took the lead with DRS at the first corner. They built up a good lead that was suddenly gone with the safety car from Gasly and Norris.”
Even in the heat of Miami, the Red Bull driver kept a cool head in the final phase, according to the French editors: “The Dutchman withstood the pressure from Leclerc at the restart, not least because of the Red Bull’s impressive top speed in the long run pieces. He won the race and scored the maximum of 26 points.” The Dutchman received a 9 in the traditional jury reports. Ferrari, on the other hand, only got a 5. “The team was on the front row of the grid, but was once again unable to parry Max Verstappen’s attack . Leclerc attacked like a devil after the safety car, but Verstappen didn’t have to worry for a moment despite DRS. The gap between Ferrari and Red Bull is getting smaller from race to race. Just six points is the difference and the next race is in the fast lane…”