The inaugural Miami GP ended up with Max Verstappen taking the checkered flag and registering his third win of the season. The reigning world champion has made it a habit of either ending up winning the race or not finishing the race. Verstappen has 3 wins and two DNFs to his name in the first five races of the season. But the DNFs haven’t been down to any fault of his, it’s been purely technical.
But the Miami GP win was a hard fought because of two reasons. Firstly, Max Verstappen had to fend off the charge against him by Charles Leclerc and secondly, he also had to deal with a pretty difficult and dangerous track. Max, by now, knows how to deal with the pressure put on him by Charles Leclerc but this track with an extremely difficult section between Turn 11 and 16 was definitely a new challenge for him.
After winning the race, he talked about how challenging the circuit was. We also were able to see that when both Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz lost the rear going into turn 14. Both the drivers had faced significant damage. It wasn’t just that, Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen themselves nearly crashed too going into the same corner. Max Verstappen even said that the drivers should have a say in the layout of the new cars.
Max Verstappen wishes the Mickey Mouse section of the Miami track to be fixed before the next race
The reigning world champion hopes that the Miami track will change after how the race transpired. He said, “I think track-wise, we can improve a few areas. The 14-15 chicane is a bit of a tricky combination. I think if I would have been in a go-kart, it would be a nice chicane to take, but not in an F1 car like we have at the moment.”
“If you just take it a tiny bit too much, just because it’s so long, so wide, so stiff and super heavy that little kerb what it is, it’s just not made for it to be honest.”
“So, maybe we have to change the kerb layout already, that it’s a bit more of a progressive ramp and it looks a bit nicer to go over. Maybe that helps already,” as reported by motorsport.
Miami track was a street circuit and was tested out by the drivers for the first time. Therefore, it’ll be necessary for the organizers to make the changes for it to continue being a safe and an exciting affair.