Disaster struck at the Miami Grand Prix with a team with two cars inexplicably missing from the grid before the race.
The first Grand Prix in Miami is here.
It will be the 11th location in the United States to host an F1 race and 77th overall.
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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc secured pole position during Sunday’s qualifying, while teammate Carlos Sainz joins him on the front row.
Meanwhile, Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo is starting 14th on the grid, a huge blow after qualifying sixth and seventh fastest in his last two starts in Italy and Melbourne respectively.
Ricciardo was already behind McLaren teammate Lando Norris in the drivers’ standings for this weekend, 24 points adrift, and the young Brit will be looking to take advantage of his superior position on the grid.
Big plays in the chaos of the opening lap
Charles Leclerc retained first place on the chaotic opening lap in Miami.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz lost to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the second turn, with the Red Bull driver moving up to second.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won three places on the first lap, finishing 11th.
Lewis Hamilton dropped to eighth and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel was 19th after starting from pit lane.
Aston Martin in last minute game
Both Aston Martin cars were missing as the cars lined up on the starting grid.
The team had no public issues at the start of the weekend.
Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle called them “last-minute gremlins”.
Lance Stroll told Sky Sports ahead of the race that it was a “fuel issue”.
‘Ridiculous’: F1 champions criticized for ‘childish’ antics
Formula 1 great Ralf Schumacher criticized Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel for their “ridiculous” protests ahead of the Miami Grand Prix, accusing them of “childish” antics.
Earlier this week, race director Niels Wittich wrote in his guidelines that drivers’ jewelry and underwear must be checked to ensure they meet the FIA’s fireproof safety standards.
Hamilton expressed his disdain for the F1 bling ban at a press conference, in which he appeared wearing three watches, a bracelet, eight rings, four necklaces, two earrings and a nose ring.
Meanwhile, Vettel wore panties over her running suit on Friday as a sign of protest.
Speaking with Sky Deutschlandsix-time race winner Schumacher argued that Hamilton and Vettel should set a better example for younger drivers.
“I find it all a bit childish, to be honest,” he said.
“The drivers who drive Formula 3 and Formula 4 must know that the big ones adhere to this.
“And most of all it’s about your own safety and that it’s really a ridiculous thing that people so experienced who’ve seen so many accidents scoff in that way.”
Miami GP starting grid
1) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
2) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
3) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
4) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
5) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
6) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
7) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
8) Lando Norris, McLaren
9) Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri
10) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
11) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
12) George Russell, Mercedes
13) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
14) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
15) Mick Schumacher, Haas
16) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
17) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
18) Alex Albon, Williams
19) Nicholas Latifi, Williams
20) Esteban Ocon, Alpine