In an event that was set to be a highlight, the Las Vegas Formula 1 Grand Prix lived up to its promise of high-octane excitement.
Max Verstappen, from Red Bull Racing, achieved his record-breaking 18th victory of the season, but not without a challenge. He crossed the finish line just seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with his teammate Sergio Perez completing the podium in a close third, only fractions of seconds behind Leclerc.
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The race commenced at 10 p.m. on Saturday, marking the first Formula 1 event in Las Vegas since 1982. The street circuit, which included the renowned Las Vegas Strip, was the stage for immediate drama. Verstappen, from the outset, aggressively overtook pole-sitter Leclerc at the first turn, seizing the lead.
The race was punctuated by incidents, including spins that brought out the virtual safety car for debris clearance. The action intensified when Lando Norris of McLaren crashed into the barriers, necessitating the deployment of the actual safety car.
2023 Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix
The race saw several dynamic shifts. Verstappen, initially penalized five seconds for his opening lap maneuver, saw Leclerc retake the lead on lap 16. The crowd was electrified by this development. Verstappen, undeterred, battled back to the front, including a notable clash with Mercedes-Benz AMG’s George Russell, which resulted in a penalty for Russell and another safety car appearance.
Once racing resumed, Verstappen, with fresher tires than Leclerc and Perez, regained the lead on lap 36. Perez also overtook Leclerc on lap 43. In a thrilling conclusion, Leclerc reclaimed second place from Perez in the final three laps, culminating in a masterful move on the last lap’s Turn 14.
Despite finishing third, Perez’s overall points secured him second place in the championship standings. Verstappen had already clinched the title at the Qatar Grand Prix in October, while Red Bull took the constructors’ title in September at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Post-race, Verstappen leads the 2023 Drivers’ Championship with an unrivaled 549 points. Perez is in second place with 273 points, followed by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with 232 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull leads with 822 points, with Mercedes (392 points) and Ferrari (388 points) trailing. The season’s final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is eagerly anticipated next weekend.
2023 Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix
The final standings from the 2023 Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix are as follows:
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +2.070 seconds behind
- Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing, +2.241 seconds behind
NC) Lando Norris, McLaren – Did Not Finish
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix 2023
Who won the 2023 Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix?
Max Verstappen from Red Bull Racing won the 2023 Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, marking his record 18th victory of the season.
What was significant about the Las Vegas F1 race in 2023?
The 2023 Las Vegas F1 race was notable for being the first Formula 1 event held in Las Vegas since 1982, featuring a street circuit that included the Las Vegas Strip.
Who finished in the top three positions at the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix?
The top three finishers were Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) in first place, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) in second, and Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing) in third.
Did any incidents occur during the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix?
Yes, the race featured several incidents, including a crash involving McLaren’s Lando Norris and various spins that brought out both the virtual and actual safety cars.
What was Max Verstappen’s standing in the 2023 Drivers’ Championship after the Las Vegas GP?
After the Las Vegas Grand Prix, Max Verstappen led the 2023 Drivers’ Championship with 549 points.
Which team secured the Constructors’ Championship in the 2023 F1 season?
Red Bull Racing secured the Constructors’ Championship in the 2023 Formula 1 season.
More about Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix 2023
- Formula 1 Official Website
- Red Bull Racing Team News
- Las Vegas Grand Prix History
- 2023 F1 Season Overview
- Max Verstappen’s Racing Profile
- Ferrari F1 Team Updates
- Sergio Perez Career Highlights
- McLaren Racing News
- F1 Drivers’ Championship Standings
- F1 Constructors’ Championship Information