Red Bull’s Max Verstappen saw off seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes to claim victory at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola in Italy.
Hamilton was followed by Mclaren’s Lando Norris to complete the podium.
The win, by a commanding 22 seconds at the chequered flag, was the 11th of the Dutch youngster’s career.
“It was very challenging out there, especially in the beginning to stay on track to be honest, it was very slippery,” he said of a race that started with most drivers on intermediates but some on full wets.
“I think we managed everything well.”
Hamilton, winner of the Bahrain season-opener, took a crucial bonus point for fastest lap on a rollercoaster afternoon for the seven-times world champion, whose race was almost wrecked by a rare mistake.
The Briton dropped from second to ninth after skidding into the gravel and nudging the barriers at Tosa with his car at a standstill and a retirement looming.
Yesterday, Hamilton claimed his 99th pole position after holding off Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez, who started on the front row of the grid.
A superb start by Verstappen saw him jump from third to first by the end of the first straight.
Miami to host F1 in 2022
Miami will host Formula One from 2022 as part of a “milestone” 10-year-deal announced by the sport and local organisers on Sunday that gives the glamour sport a second grand prix in a key growth market.
The race around the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team, is expected to be scheduled for the second quarter of the year with the one in Austin, Texas, usually near the end of the season.
Exact dates have yet to be decided, however.
Miami will be the 11th location Formula One has raced at in the United States since the world championship started in 1950. Florida last featured on the calendar in 1959 when Sebring hosted a season-ender won by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. – additional reporting by Reuters