F1 Miami GP live updates: Max Verstappen wins Sprint, Ricciardo in the points

Kevin Magnussen’s heated sprint race battle with Lewis Hamilton left him with a whole heap of time penalties, but it appeared the whole time the Haas driver was holding off the pack so teammate Nico Hülkenberg could race away and secure points in P7. Speaking to F1TV after the race, Magnussen confirmed that strategy was in play.

“They were fair, all the penalties were fair,” Magnussen said. “But I had to do my thing to protect Nico, make the space, same story as Jeddah. So I got some penalties, we got some points as a team. It kind of sucks for me because I think we probably could have just finished there, both cars, had we played the game together, kept me in the DRS, but Nico cut the chicane at one point and broke the DRS.

“Then I was vulnerable to Lewis, started fighting with him, lost ground to Nico, and that was it. I had to play the sporting game not to have him be overtaken as well. So not the way I want to go racing, but what I had to do.”

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