Miami GP- Lando Norris’ maiden victory in the Sunshine State.

McLaren driver Lando Norris has stood on the Formula 1 podium 15 times before, but before this weekend he had never stood upon the top step until now.

Formula 1 hosted the Miami Grand Prix this weekend in a race in which Max Verstappen would have hoped to extend his Championship lead, however, it was Lando Norris who stole the headlines by taking his maiden victory.

The Weekend saw the ever-dominant Max Verstappen place his RB20 on pole position setting a 1:27.241 ahead of both Ferraris, Charles Leclerc, and Carlos Sainz with just two tenths of a second separating the three of them as Sainz set a 1:27.455.

Norris qualified in position five ahead of his teammate Oscar Piastri as Norris sat only three and a half tenths off pole position however he knew he had his work cut out for him with the cars ahead of him.

In the early stages of the race Norris was running in sixth place with his teammate Piastri looking to be the one to cause the upset as he was the faster of the two McLarens from the start however a well timed safety car helped Norris extend his opening stint.

Once Norris pitted he remained in the lead, taking full advantage of the safety car period, as Verstappen pitted under normal racing conditions and although he attempted to fight back it was too little, too late as Norris slowly edged clear until he saw the chequered flag and claimed victory.

Max Verstappen achieved as much as he possibly could on what was by his standards a bad day at the office. The defining moment for Verstappen’s race was his collision with a bollard which in turn cause balance issues in which he couldn’t recover from.

Logan Sergeant had a home Grand Prix to forget at turn two, contact with Kevin Magnussen saw the American spin and hit the wall suffering terminal damage whilst Magnussen limped back to the pits for repairs. Sergeant was quick on the radio to let his team know he was okay as his first of three home races this season ended prematurely.

Following the safety car and defending Verstappen’s attacking charge, Norris drove with a confidence and maturity as he excelled in his final laps as he earned his place in the Formula 1 history books with his first Grand Prix victory and McLaren’s first victory in three years.