World champion Max Verstappen has won the Formula 1 debut on the new race track in Miami under the Florida sun. After a tough duel, he left rival Charles Leclerc behind. The international press …

USA

USA Today: “South Florida got its first taste of Formula One. I’m sure many came to Miami with curiosity, and I’m sure many left as fans. It’s a connection that fits. Miami, with its ten-year contract, has plenty of time to improve the event – but it can hardly get much bigger.”

Wall Street Journal: “Formula 1 looked for American glamour and found Miami. On the upswing thanks to a popular Netflix series, the premier class came to Florida, countering its screwball image with plenty of celebrities in the paddock.”

NETHERLANDS

AD.nl: “Max Verstappen, more American than the Americans. With a football helmet on his head, he celebrated on the podium as if he wasn’t a Formula One world champion, but a quarterback from Limburg. America, of course, overdid it terribly, Verstappen happily joining in after a wonderful victory.”

De Telegraaf: “Master of concentration. Max Verstappen stays cool even in the American madness.”

ITALY

Gazzetta dello Sport: “Only half joy for Ferrari. Verstappen wins, Leclerc fights like a lion. He has to settle for a bitter second place.”

Corriere dello Sport: “Verstappen tames the red Ferrari bolides. Head and heart are not enough for Leclerc to win. He did his best, but he is measuring himself against an extraordinary driver.”

La Stampa: “America blesses Red Bull: the first Grand Prix in Miami is dominated by Verstappen. Leclerc doesn’t have the speed, Verstappen is becoming more threatening for Ferrari every time.”

Corriere della Sera: “The flying Max conquers the USA: Leclerc has to bow before Verstappen’s clear superiority, Ferrari says goodbye to Miami with disappointment – and now has to fight hard for the dream.”

La Repubblica: “Verstappen ruins Ferrari’s ambitions. Leclerc’s incredibly tenacious attitude is not enough to stand up to Verstappen. Two champions of the highest profile enliven a season that could be unforgettable.”

ENGLAND

Guardian: “Max Verstappen’s victory shows once again the level at which he performs when he has a car to his liking. An ice-cold performance on a boiling hot afternoon.”

Daily Mail: “Somewhere in this glittering show there was also a half-decent race with a deserved winner Max Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton started and finished sixth – it was further evidence that the Mercedes is not up to scratch even with a long-serving superman at the wheel.”

FRANCE

L’Equipe: “Verstappen confirms his return to old strength. With his exceptional class, he dominates the race, only Leclerc can keep up at times.”

SPAIN

Marca: “Every race Verstappen finishes, he wins. The Dutchman pulls out all the stops of his talent.”

As: “Verstappen eats up both Ferraris on the track. No matter what the championship standings say, Mad Max was in charge in Miami. Schumacher and Vettel crash, blame more on the younger guy.”

Sport:
“Verstappen wins arm wrestle against Leclerc. The American dream – for some it’s a comedy, for others a thriller. It’s impressive how much Formula 1 has grown in the US.”

El Mundo Deportivo:
“Verstappen is sending a clear message to Ferrari. The fight for the title is getting more and more exciting, the Scuderia must see that they find a suitable answer in Barcelona.”