Red Bull’s flying dutchman, Max Verstappen, has racked up Miami Grand Prix to shrink his gap with Leclerc to just 18 points from what had reached a mighty 40 at some part of the championship race. Given Verstappen’s two DNFs at Bahrain and Australia, the point table seems to be leaning towards the 24-year-old Belgian-Dutch.
Nevertheless, considering Leclerc's consistency and a matured acceptance of "podium 2" finishes at speedier tracks like of Miami with teammate Sainz echoing Leclerc's footstep and fending off others to help Leclerc when required, other teams' chances to clinch this season's driver's championship title are thought to be quite slim.
Verstappen opened up at P3, but soon after the race started, at lap no 8 of 57, Max was informed in radio that Leclerc, who was leading the grid at that point, was facing off some difficulties. Verstappen geared up and overtook Leclerc at turn 17, while Leclerc surprisingly decided not to fight too hard at that point.
Though, soon after a pit stop, Leclerc began trying to top Verstappen, but at every angle the Dutchman was ultra-perfect and extremely speedy, as soon Verstappen’s lead over the Ferrari’s 24-year-old spiraled over two seconds with Leclerc losing at least over a second due to a misjudgment at an angle while vying to surpass Max.
Nonetheless, Miami did offer Leclerc with a late safety car opportunity to bring down Verstappen, but he was too fast to be beaten by the 24-year-old Frenchman from Monaco, as their gap has already widened to more than three seconds.
F1 standing after Verstappen’s Miami crush beats Leclerc down to earth
As Verstappen has been quickly reducing his point deficit with Leclerc following another maximum point finish, other drivers also are making their way top into the table.
In what has been viewed as an auspicious omen for Red Bull, Verstappen never lost a race that he managed to finish this season.
How does F1 driver's standing look after Miami GP?
Here is 2022 F1 driver’s championship standings after Miami GP.
1. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari,104pts, 2. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RBPT, 85pts, 3. Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RBPT, 66pts, 4. George Russell, Mercedes, 59pts, 5. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, 53pts, 6. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 36pts, 7.
Lando Norris, McLaren Mercedes, 35pts, 8. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo Ferrari, 30pts, 9. Esteban Ocon, Alpine Renault, 24pts, 10. Kevin Magnussen, Haas Ferrari, 15pts, 11. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren Mercedes, 11pts, 12. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri RBPT, 10pts, 13.
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri RBPT, 6pts, 14. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes, 4pts, 15. Alexander Albon, Williams Mercedes, 3pts, 16. Fernando Alonso, Alpine Renault, 2pts, 17. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes, 2pts, 18.
Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo Ferrari, 1pt, 19. Mick Schumacher, Haas Ferrari, 0pts, 20. Nico Hulkenberg, Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes, 0pts, 21. Nicholas Latifi, Williams Mercedes, 0pts.