Formula 1: Verstappen stays perfect in Miami, wins Sprint Shootout

MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 04: Sprint winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing is presented with his award by Zinedine Zidane in parc ferme during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at Miami International Autodrome on May 04, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202405040337 // Usage for editorial use only //

Despite a first lap incident that saw Lance Stroll and Lando Norris retire with damage, Max Verstappen took home the Sprint Shootout victory Saturday afternoon ahead of 2nd place Charles LeClerc and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez. Largely unchallenged by the competition, Verstappen’s only potential undoing in his perfect run in Miami appeared to be from his own tires as the Dutchman complained over the radio near the end of the Sprint that he felt he had no grip. Despite the complaint, LeClerc was unable to make up time as the Red Bull continued to pull away as Verstappen claimed victory by 3.371s.

HIGHLIGHTS: Catch the action from an eventful Sprint in Miami as Verstappen wins amid plenty of battles

Sergio Perez, starting 3rd on the grid, fell back at the start to 4th place starter – an eventual finisher – Daniel Ricciardo, who picked up his best race result since Mexico in 2023. The RB driver put up a fight for much of the race and was able to hold off challenges from the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz and the sole McLaren of Oscar Piasti, who would go on to finish 5th and 6th respectively.

Nico Hulkenberg ended his day 7th, having started 10th, to score points for Haas, while teammate Magnussen had a race to forget, racking up multiple penalties in route to his eventual 18th place finish. Running as high as 8th at one point, Magnussen and Hamilton squared off with the Dane aggressively blocking and shoving Hamilton off line in defense of the final points scoring position. After multiple infringements, Magnussen was assessed multiple 10-sec time penalties and was later investigated for unsportsmanlike conduct post race.

MUST-SEE: Relive Magnussen and Hamilton’s bare-knuckle battle in the Miami Sprint

During the scuffle between Magnussen and Hamilton, Yuki Tsunoda saw his chance to strike. Having started from 15th, the RB drivers positioned himself into the top 10 behind Hamilton and took advantage of the pair scrapping for position as he slipped between the two in turn 12 as Hamilton was pushed off track by Magnussen. With The time penalty applied, and Hamilton unable to keep pace on the long, fast straights, Tsunoda would go on to claim the final points position for the day.

With the Sprint Shootout finished, all eyes are on the late afternoon race-qualifying session as Verstappen looks to maintain his perfect record in the Florida sun. Tune in at 16:00 local time to catch all the action as knockout qualifying gets underway.


Sprint Qualifying Report – CLICK HERE


DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
May 3rdPractice 112:30 – 13:30
Sprint Qualifying16:30 – 17:14
May 4thSprint12:00 – 13:00
Qualifying16:00 – 17:00
May 5thRace16:00

Sprint Race Results:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1931:31.3838
216Charles LeclercFERRARI193.371s7
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT195.095s6
43Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1914.971s5
555Carlos SainzFERRARI1915.222s4
681Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1915.750s3
727Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1922.054s2
822Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1929.816s1
910Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1931.880s0
102Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1934.355s0
1124Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1935.078s0
1263George RussellMERCEDES1935.755s0
1323Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1936.086s0
1477Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1936.892s0
1531Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1937.740s0
1644Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1949.347s0
1714Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1959.409s0
1820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1966.303s0
NC4Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES00 lap0
MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 04: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 leads the field into turn one at the start during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at Miami International Autodrome on May 04, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202405040340 // Usage for editorial use only //