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Lando Norris wins maiden F1 race at Miami Grand Prix



Lando Norris wins maiden F1 race at Miami Grand Prix

Lando Norris etched his name in Formula 1 immortality by claiming a sensational maiden Grand Prix victory in a thrilling Miami race on Sunday. The young McLaren driver overhauled Max Verstappen’s mighty Red Bull to take the checkered flag in a breakthrough performance of perfect strategy and flawless execution.

Norris ran sixth in the early stages as teammate Oscar Piastri initially looked the faster McLaren driver and most likely to cause an upset. But a well-timed safety car period midway through the race played perfectly into the 23-year-old Briton’s hands after he shrewdly extended his opening stint.

Norris emerged from the pits as the improbable race leader, with a stunned Verstappen relegated to second after pitting under normal green flag conditions. Though the Dutchman launched a fierce attack at the restart, the cool, calm and collected Norris fended him off with composed and tenacious defending.

With Verstappen then struggling for balance and grip, the McLaren star was able to edge clear and gradually extend his advantage. Norris sealed a long-awaited first Formula 1 win in serene and supreme style, banishing the demons of his agonizing near-miss at the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.

World champion Verstappen ultimately had to settle for second amid his relative struggles, while Charles Leclerc completed the podium ahead of a charging Carlos Sainz, who tangled with the luckless Piastri late on in a costly clash that sent the Australian back to the pits for repairs.

It was a milestone day for Norris and the revitalized McLaren team, who celebrated their first Grand Prix victory since Daniel Ricciardo’s famous triumph at Monza in 2021 after introducing a major upgrade package in Miami. While some good fortune was undoubtedly involved with the timing of the safety car, Norris maximized the opportunity through outstanding raw pace, immaculate tyre management and tenacious defensive driving.

His searing speed at the end of the first stint was already transforming his race before the decisive safety car period struck. Norris then fully capitalized on that favorable turn of events to comprehensively defeat Verstappen fair and square over the remaining laps in a performance of authority. This was no mere fortunate win – it was a richly deserved one for Norris, who received warm congratulations from his peers. A new star has well and truly announced himself on the F1 stage.