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F1 Midweek: Americans Turn Out in Miami, Reliability Hounds Red Bull

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 08: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing, Second placed Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari and Third placed Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 08, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202205090009 // Usage for editorial use only //

With five rounds down and 18 rounds to go, the 2022 Formula One World Championship looks set to be Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen face off for the title.

F1 Review: Max Verstappen Makes it Look Easy in Miami

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 08: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 08, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

(Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen drove a stellar race after starting second and taking the lead on lap nine. He earned his third win of the year while Ferrari took the second and third places on the podium.

F1 Review: Max Verstappenʻs Stellar Weekend, Unfortunate Ferrari & Surging McLaren

IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 24: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 24, 2022 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202204240494 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen laid waste to the field at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on Sunday. The defending F1 champion made it look easy as he cruised to his second win of the season.

Lewis Hamilton Shown Blue Flags in Imola, Made to Let Max Verstappen pass

Lewis Hamilton congratulates Max Verstappen after 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lars Baron Getty Images

(Photo: Lars Baron/Getty Images via Red Bull Content Pool)

Max Verstappen ended the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on top of the world. He stole the lead from title rival Lewis Hamilton off the line, and won the race by a 22-second margin over Hamilton following a string of misfortune for the Briton. Despite the unfortunate race for Hamilton, he would have been a …

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F1 Review: Charles Leclercʻs Dominating Drive, Mercedesʻ Good Fortune, Alex Albonʻs Finish

Charles Leclerc on track at the Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, April 10 (credit: FIA Media)

Charles Leclerc proved dominant in Melbourne, running away with the Australian GP win. Mercedes managed third and fourth-place finishes owing to good fortune. While Williams and Alex Albon used a bold pit strategy to earn their first point of the 2022 F1 season.

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