Racers keep Yanks glued to the box

Henry

More than three million Americans (3.1 million to be exact) watched the F1 action in Miami on their TVs on Sunday.

Lando Norris raced away with the laurels, with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc completing the podium picture.

This is the most viewers ever from the US. The previous record of 2.6 million viewers was set in 2022 when the checkered flag was waved for Verstappen in Miami.

Additionally, 946,000 viewers followed the blitz on ESPN; also a record.

The sparkling wine corks almost popped in the McLaren corner as Norris won his first race in 110 attempts.

“Thank you, it’s high time!” said the young Englishman after the race.

“It took me quite a while, but I finally got it right. I was finally able to show my team what I am capable of. It was a long and tough race, but I won and I’m incredibly happy!”

According to Norris, he knew early on that he was fast enough to make his mark on Miami.

“We still made a few mistakes, but today everything fell into place. In addition, our strategy also worked out nicely.”

However, Verstappen is still the overall leader in the drivers’ standings and the racing action resumes on May 17 at the Emilia Romagna circuit in Italy.

Driver scoring:

  1. Max Verstappen: 136 points
  2. Sergio Perez: 103 points
  3. Charles Leclerc: 98 points
  4. Lando Norris: 83 points
  5. Carlos Sainz: 83 points
  6. Oscar Piastri: 41 points
  7. George Russell: 37 points
  8. Fernando Alonso: 33 points
  9. Lewis Hamilton: 27 points
  10. Yuki Tsunoda: 14 points

Manufacturer Punctuation:

  1. Red Bull: 239 points
  2. Ferrari: 187 points
  3. McLaren: 124 points
  4. Mercedes: 64 points
  5. Aston Martin: 42 points.