(Photo : Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Ferrari SF-23 and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 battle for the race lead through the F1 Grand Prix of Las Vegas at Las Vegas Strip Circuit on November 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first version of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix lived as much as the hype regardless of controversies surrounding the occasion within the lead-up to the race.
Numerous events, together with native Las Vegas residents, expressed their discontent with the occasion, citing inconveniences brought on by closed roads for race preparations and the exorbitant ticket costs.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing criticized the Grand Prix, describing it as a “99 percent show” and expressing his lack of enthusiasm for the race.
Nonetheless, the Dutchman secured his sixth consecutive victory and notched his 18th win within the 2023 season on the star-studded occasion from November 16 to 18, with the principle race happening on the final day.
In the ultimate moments, the race featured an exciting battle for second place between Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari, including to the thrill of an exhilarating night within the Sin City.
The Monégasque driver emerged forward of the Mexican to complete behind the reigning three-time world champion, a lot to the enjoyment of the Tifosi supporters within the stands.
The intense competitors on the entrance of the pack was simply one of many many highlights of a spectacular night of racing.
Here are 3 takeaways from the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix:
1. The circuit delivers distinctive racing.
The Las Vegas Strip Circuit, a short lived racetrack on the coronary heart of town, offered thrilling racing for all 20 vehicles on the grid. At the entrance have been seven lead adjustments involving Verstappen, Leclerc, and Perez.
Esteban Ocon of Alpine, Lance Stroll of Aston Martin, and Oscar Piastri of McLaren showcased spectacular comebacks through the race, whereas veterans Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin had nice moments as properly.
2. This could also be it for Sergio Perez.
The Mexican driver appeared poised for a big comeback victory, claiming the lead for the second time for the night in lap 32.
Despite extending his lead over Leclerc by practically 2 seconds, a mistake in one of many remaining corners allowed the Ferrari driver to execute a simple overtake two laps later.
Subsequently, Perez conceded his P2 place to teammate Verstappen, who capitalized on the chance and seized the lead over Leclerc in lap 37.
Although Perez managed to safe the P2 place from Leclerc for almost all of the ultimate levels of the race, he finally didn’t defend within the remaining corners of the final lap, denying Red Bull a 1-2 end.
Perez appeared once more weak below strain, as he has been all alongside this season regardless of driving one of the dominant vehicles in Formula 1 historical past, the Red Bull RB19.
3. It will solely get higher.
Although Formula 1 and Las Vegas’ present settlement is simply set till 2025, F1 and Liberty Media have invested in Las Vegas, buying 39 acres of land and developing a 250,000-square-foot paddock constructing to assist the race for ten years till 2032 and even past.
Having accomplished the inaugural version, future race preparations will probably be smoother. The intriguing format of the circuit suggests the potential for extra thrilling races within the years to come back.
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