Max Verstappen wins inaugural Miami Grand Prix in front of star-studded crowd

Max Verstappen won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of championship leader Charles Leclerc.

The victory cut Leclerc's lead over Verstappen to 19 points in the championship, 

while the Monegasque's Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz completed the podium.

Verstappen got off to a fast start at the Hard Rock Stadium.

which staged the first of two races in the United States this season -- as he overtook Sainz at turn one.

He then started to close the gap on Leclerc and passed his rival on lap nine.

an advantage he would maintain for the remainder of the race.