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RACE START: Watch the getaway in Miami as Perez overshoots Turn 1 and almost hits Verstappen

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It was a strong start to the Miami Grand Prix for pole-sitter Max Verstappen, while a close battle for second place unfolded behind him into Turn 1.

Verstappen launched off the line to hold the lead as the lights went out, but Charles Leclerc had a poor getaway from P2. This allowed Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez to sneak through before a lock-up from Perez caused him to go wide – and narrowly avoid tagging Verstappen in the process.

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Sainz also slipped back as a result, allowing Leclerc to reclaim second place, while Oscar Piastri had a particularly impressive start to put himself up to third from P6 on the grid.

Further back there was drama for Alpine as a fierce intra-team scrap unfolded between Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon. The pair went wheel-to-wheel before Gasly ultimately emerged ahead by the end of the first lap.

Hit go on the video player above to relive the race start in Miami, and keep up with the rest of the action on our live coverage here.

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