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Verstappen Dominates Miami: Tire Strategy Secures Victory

Verstappen Dominates Miami

Verstappen, who started eighth on the grid, raced through the field and was on pole-sitter Perez’s tail before halfway through the race.

In order to defeat Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez to win the coveted Formula One Havana Grand Prix on a Sunday Max Verstappen displayed masterful tyre management. This victory solidified his position as the driver to beat for the title. Verstappen had already established himself as the favorite because he was the reigning dual world champion on the powerful F1 team, but going into Miami, all the signs pointed to his teammate’s benefit. Perez, who is known as an authority on a street circuit and tire leadership, was riding high after his victory in Baku. These skills would be crucial on the 5.41-kilometer temporary track that circles the stadium, which is the stadium of the NFL’s Florida Dolphins. Verstappen, however, eventually made all the right decisions, from rubber choice to race strategy. Before the race crossed the halfway point, the 25-year-old Dutchman, who started eighth on the grid, had passed through the pack and was upon pole-sitter Perez’s exhaust. Verstappen had a long stint at the front when he made the most of his difficult tires before stopping for change having just 11 circuits remaining after Perez, who had started on middle tires, pitted first. The interruption gave his Mexican partner the lead back, but only briefly. Verstappen quickly went on the attack after switching to fresher tires, and two laps soon he was back in front of Perez. The two Red Bulls continued on as usual, cruising through the final laps unopposed for another one-two finish. Verstappen stated of his choice of tire, “This is what I wanted jointly with my engineer already yesterday.”We already had fairly strong opinions on that.”You must then discuss with the team, taking into account their interests. They responded, ‘Okay. But because we just had one (set), the risk is a little larger once you begin on the hard. Therefore, your race will be a little harder if you get a puncture or other problem. However, I was glad to take that risk. Although race models were against a tough compound, Verstappen and the team’s designers and strategists wanted to take a chance, according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. Max beginning on a hard tyre, meant a greater risk with that,” remarked Horner. “Our simulations indicated that the race would actually be worse, but a safety car at a later stage of the race would have made a difference. He made it operate with the safety car because his technical team was willing to take that risk.

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