Norris Clinches First F1 Win, Defeats Verstappen at Miami Grand Prix

When it comes to racing events, the Miami Grand Prix is in a league of its own. Between the vibrancy of the crowd and the Florida sunshine, the Miami GP creates an atmosphere that is nothing short of exhilarating.

Amidst the roar of engines and the buzz of adrenaline, famous faces like Travis Kelce and Camilla Cabello grace the scene, adding an extra layer of glamour and excitement to an already highly-anticipated event.

But beyond the star-studded guest list lies the heart of the Miami GP – a thrilling showcase of speed, skill, and adrenaline-fueled action that keeps spectators on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

Here are all the race details, specifically the pivotal moments that propelled Lando Norris to his maiden F1 victory.


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Breaking down Norris’ path to triumph

Norris started the race in sixth position, while his McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri made a strong start, initially appearing to be the one to watch for an upset. However, a Safety Car intervention halfway through the race played perfectly into Norris’s strategy after he extended his initial stint.

After a pit stop, Norris emerged in the lead, with Verstappen dropping to second after a regular pit stop. Despite Verstappen’s attempts to regain the lead at the restart, Norris managed to hold his position and gradually pull away.

Maintaining a composed performance thereafter, Norris faced no significant challenges, while Verstappen struggled with balance issues, allowing Norris to secure his first victory after narrowly missing out in the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.

Verstappen settled for second place, followed by Charles Leclerc in third and his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz in fourth. Sainz had a late clash with Piastri, causing Piastri to pit for a new front wing.

Sergio Perez finished fifth for Red Bull, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell securing sixth and eighth places respectively for Mercedes. Yuki Tsunoda claimed seventh place for Red Bull, while Fernando Alonso finished ninth for Aston Martin and Esteban Ocon secured the final point for Alpine.

Norris’ reaction to Miami GP victory

The win on Sunday was a long awaited moment for Norris. Having begun his racing career at a young age, his skills quickly propelled him through the ranks of motorsport, leading to his debut in single-seater racing in 2015. He showcased impressive performances in various Formula 3 championships, and not long after, his consistent success and remarkable speed earned him a spot in the McLaren Formula 1 team’s driver development program.

Since joining Formula 1 in 2019 as a full-time driver for McLaren, Norris has continued to impress with his karting skills, earning podium finishes and solidifying his position as one of the sport’s most promising talents. His triumph at the Miami Grand Prix underscores his exceptional determination. Reflecting on his long-awaited win, Norris succinctly remarked, “About time!”

What a race. It’s been a long time coming, but finally I’ve managed to do it. I’m so happy for my whole team, I finally delivered for them. A long day, tough race, but finally on top, so I’m over the moon.”

Mark your calendars

The next thrilling event on the 2024 F1 calendar is the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, set to take place from May 17th to 19th. After the electrifying Miami GP race and Lando Norris’ victory, the excitement continues to build in the world of F1. Have your say about the Miami GP and Norris’ win by dropping your thoughts in the comments below!

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Michaella Malone is a content specialist and full-time freelancer with 5+ years of experience working with small businesses on online platforms. She is a graduate of Florida State University (Go Noles!) and avid traveller, having visited over 25 countries and counting. In addition to blogging, ghostwriting, and social media content, she has contributed to the development of English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculums for international programs.

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