F1 driver standings: Verstappen closes in on leader Leclerc

by 24USATVMay 9, 2022, 3 a.m. 22
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Max Verstappen made it back-to-back victories in F1 after taking the chequered flag at the Miami Grand Prix.

The Dutchman started from third but negotiated his way past Carlos Sainz at the start before easing past Charles Leclerc on lap nine to take control of the race.

After Lando Norris' collision with Pierre Gasly forced a safety car, the field closed and although Leclerc piled the pressure onto Verstappen, the Red Bull driver held his title rival at bay to clinch the win and close the gap in the standings.

Verstappen is now on 85 points, although still 19 behind Leclerc who continues to lead the way on 104.

Sergio Perez remains third after finishing fourth, while Mercedes can be relatively content with its weekend after George Russell was fifth and Lewis Hamilton sixth.

Mick Schumacher looked set to claim the first points of his F1 career, but a late clash with Sebastian Vettel led to car damage and he again finished outside the top 10.

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