The best F1 race reactions from the Miami Grand Prix included Martin Brundle appreciation, broadcast criticism and memes for every occasion.
The Miami Grand Prix was as much of a spectacle as promised with celebrities crowding the track before the race and a slew of shenanigans in the aftermath.
When it came down to it though, it was another race with all the usual fixing: High speeds, overtakes, collisions and ultimately, a winner.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen overcame his third-place start by quickly jumping into second place at Turn 1 then overtaking Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for the race lead. A late safety car made things interesting but Verstappen held on to top the podium, which also feature Leclerc and his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz.
Best F1 race reactions from the Miami Grand Prix
Martin Brundle was trending before the race began because his track walk was an experience. He mistook Duke’s Paolo Banchero for Patrick Mahomes and had people talking.
Miami has drummed up a ton of excitement over hosting their first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix. The attention F1 is generating in the U.S. is very real.
Unfortunately, the F1 broadcast isn’t always the most effective at telling the story of what’s happening on track.
This is a constant complaint during races but one day the powers that be will hear the groans, right?
Speaking of power, Sergio Perez of Red Bull ran into some trouble on that front.
As much as the Miami GP tried to make Sunday a party, the happenings on track weren’t always at that level. In the middle of the race, there was quite a bit of a lull. But quiet moments are the best time to tweet and meme.
Nicholas Latifi didn’t come through to ramp up the excitement like he has in past races, but someone did finally break the monotony. It was AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly taking out McLaren’s Lando Norris that did the trick.
The timing of the ensuring safety car really suited George Russell of Mercedes.
While battles at the front between Verstappen and Leclerc as well as Sainz and Perez didn’t yield late overtakes, fans got exactly what they didn’t want when Haas’ Mick Schumacher collided with his mentor on the grid Sebastian Vettel of Aston Villa.
When all was said and done Verstappen notched another victory while Leclerc and Sainz finished second and third. The trip to the podium was pretty unique as a police escort transported the winner.
And that was far from the most bizarre moment of the post-race festivities.
It’ll be a couple of weeks until F1 is back with the Spanish Grand Prix on May 22.