Formula 1

Verstappen overhauls Perez for Miami GP victory as Red Bull intra-team battle steps up a gear

Max Verstappen struck back in the 2023 title race by beating Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez to victory during Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix, recovering from ninth on the grid and passing the pole-sitter in the closing stages of an intriguing, strategic race.

Perez had slashed Verstappen’s championship advantage to just six points with a Sprint and Grand Prix double last time out in Azerbaijan, and a topsy-turvy qualifying session at the Miami International Autodrome gave him a golden opportunity to move to the top of the standings.

However, while Perez led the first half of the race on a medium-hard tyre strategy, Verstappen expertly stretched out his initial stint on hards to rise from P9 to P1 – via a series of fine moves – and he emerged just behind his team mate with a fresh set of mediums late on.

With 10 laps remaining, Verstappen comfortably cleared Perez to move into a lead that he would not relinquish, meaning the Mexican had to settle for the runner-up spot and lose some of the ground he had made up in the title race.


1  Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing 1:27:38.241 26
2  Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing +5.384s 18
3  Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +26.305s 15
4  George RUSSELL Mercedes +33.229s 12
5  Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +42.511s 10

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