ICYMI: Max Verstappen wins first-ever Miami Grand Prix | GRM was there

By Colin Wood
May 9, 2022 | F1, Formula 1, Miami Grand Prix

Photography by Rupert Berrington

Fake marina or not, the inaugural Miami Grand Prix served up the sort of action and excitement we’ve come to expect in one of the top ranks of motorsport.

Starting in P3, Max Verstappen quickly overtook Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz–who started in P2–going into Turn 1. Then, only nine laps into the race, Verstappen overtook Charles Leclerc along the main straight for the lead.

The Red Bull driver's lead through the race wasn’t without its threats, though, as an incident between Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris brought out the safety car on lap 41. Verstappen did lead at the eventual restart but had difficulty establishing a comfortable gap between him and Leclerc.

In the end, Verstappen did manage to maintain a lead to the finish, with Leclerc crossing the finish line nearly 4 seconds behind.

The race results are as follows:

GRM contributor Rupert Berrington was on the ground for the whole race weekend, and here’s what he captured from Sunday’s Grand Prix:

Photography Credits: Rupert Berrington

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TheTallOne17 Reader
5/9/22 2:30 p.m.

Is there any harm in not posting the winner the day after? Thankfully I watched the race live, but on weeks I can't I normally still find it safe to read here as long as I avoid the F1 and Meme threads. Spoiling the winner in the thread title would kinda stink

maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
5/9/22 2:43 p.m.

Yeah honestly this post spoiled it for me (planning to watch tonight), but I should know better than to browse a motorsports website when trying to avoid news like that lol. 

Meporsche New Reader
5/9/22 3:03 p.m.

Comes in my email with the results in the header.   I had already watched it (not sure why except to maybe see The Prince humiliated once more) so it didn't bother me.  Right now the only real GP racing seems to be on two wheels.

How about this for the email or article header:  "Spoiler: Miami GP result" ????

dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
5/9/22 3:05 p.m.

Agreed. Was planning on watching the race tonight. The email in my inbox spoiled it. angry

j_tso HalfDork
5/9/22 11:44 p.m.

Really? The next day is too soon?

It's not like the race was at 4am and you saw the results before breakfast.

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/10/22 8:45 a.m.

I had it recorded and was avoiding YouTube. This thread was a bit of a buzz kill. I don't think GRM has done this before. Oh well. 

NickD MegaDork
5/10/22 9:08 a.m.

I don't even watch Formula 1 and I knew this from about a billion other sources.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/10/22 11:01 a.m.

Hey, everyone. Sorry about spoiling the race–it was never my intention to do so. I thought that, having been a full day after the race, it would be acceptable to break news of the finish. I now understand that many fans of Formula 1 do not or are unable to watch the live race and instead watch the race later.

I also understand that the headline as it appeared in the newsletter spoiled the race for many of you, and I apologize. We don’t normally cover Formula 1 races, but we had a longtime GRM photographer on the ground and wanted to give you all some exclusive F1 photos.

Going forward, regarding F1 and other motorsports, I’ll make sure to avoid spoilers when reporting the news.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
5/10/22 3:20 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Don't worry.  Your reputation as Colin the Race Spoiler will diminish over the next decade or so.

dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
5/10/22 8:11 p.m.
Leadfootmom said:

OMG! What is this? Second grade? You guys need to get your heads out of a hole. This was old news!! The stats of the race had already been published on many platforms!  Morons.

Nice first post!!

dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
5/10/22 8:46 p.m.
baldRD said:

Wow...criticizing some one for, I don't know, doing their job by reporting on a race the day after when results are posted and reported all over the place?  I have recorded numerous auto races, cycling races, and World Cup (real football) matches to watch at a later date.  I always see the results in the news media, websites, or social media and it spoils nothing for me!  I still watch the event to see how things unfold, who got fastest lap, who got dropped on the climb, or who scored the winning goal.  I am still able to enjoy the event even though I know the outcome.  Some of you need to get over yourselves!

Also a nice first post!!

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/10/22 11:42 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

I typically watch it early in the week. Monday night or Tuesday night. On a rare occasion it may be Wednesday but I would fully expect to see a spoiler by then.  Generally my weekends are spent with family or work around the house or in some cases office work that I rarely have time to watch it live.  As for the thread title I am sure you are creative enough to come up with something in the future.  For this on something about having boots on the ground and behind the scenes photos would have got me to click in for sure.  

WonkoTheSane GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
5/10/22 11:46 p.m.
Jerry From LA said:

In reply to Colin Wood :

Don't worry.  Your reputation as Colin the Race Spoiler will diminish over the next decade or so.

"But you spoil ONE race......"

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