Miami Grand Prix

2022 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix winner: Max Verstappen puts his troubles, and Ferrari, behind him in Florida 

Max Verstappen put his head down at the start, slipped past Carlos Sainz Jr. by the first turn, and then caught Charles Leclerc down the back straight for the race lead.  

His troubles were behind him and that's where he kept them on the way to winning the first Miami Grand Prix, and the defense of his world championship is now back on track. 

Ferrari brought changes after the Imola setback, and while the Scuderia had great speed through the opening sector 

At the Miami International Autodrome -- also known as the parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.  

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. simply didn't have the straight-line speed that Verstappen had in his Red Bull.  

A safety car period just before the final 10 laps closed things up and gave Leclerc his chance, but he just didn't have enough to catch the flying Dutchman. 

"We kept it exciting to the end," Verstappen said at the finish. "It was an incredible Sunday for us."