Lando Norris experienced his first DNF of the season at Miami, which proved a difficult race for McLaren even before the incident.
After a promising qualifying that secured a P8 start for the Briton, both McLaren drivers struggled for pace on the medium tyre.
A below-par pitstop from McLaren put Lando Norris into the thick of the Aston Martin pairing, complicating Norris’ chances of points.
Pierre Gasly, meanwhile, was on course for a P8 finish, having spent the majority of his opening stint defending from Alpine’s Fernando Alonso.
Fernando Alonso would have a bigger role to play in the Frenchman’s race, making contact with Gasly into turn 1 and ruining his chances of a top 10 finish.
Gasly was visibly struggling with damage following the incident, confirming in a post-race incident that he was trying to get retire the car before making contact with Norris at the start of the first sector.
Norris gave his thoughts on the incident post-race:
“A shame, I think it just ended in a silly way. Someone just said on the radio that he was going to retire or something. If that is the case, then I think what he did was silly. If you’re going to retire, just get out of the way of people racing”.
Pierre Gasly was “extremely disappointed” with the end to his race:
“I’m extremely disappointed right now, because it was an extremely good afternoon… We looked good for P8 until Fernando crashed into us into turn 1 and broke my rear right”.
Both parties will be disappointed with their final results in Miami, but Alpha Tauri and McLaren will no doubt cross paths again this season, so Gasly and Norris will have the opportunity to compensate for the points left on the table at Miami.