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Verstappen cruises to win in inaugural Miami Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands takes the stage wearing a football helmet...
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands takes the stage wearing a football helmet after winning the Formula One Miami Grand Prix auto race at the Miami International Autodrome, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)(AP)
Published: May. 8, 2022 at 6:21 PM EDT
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Max Verstappen used an aggressive early pass on Formula One championship leader Charles Leclerc then controlled the inaugural Miami Grand Prix to pick up his third win of the season.

The reigning world champion started third but Red Bull quickly got the best of Ferrari for a second consecutive race.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands leads Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of...
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands leads Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco during the Formula One Miami Grand Prix at the Miami International Autodrome, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. had locked out the front row in qualifying for Ferrari, but Verstappen pounced at the start to get ahead of Sainz.

He then set his sights on Leclerc and used a strong outside pass on the ninth lap to claim the lead.

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