Max Verstappen WINS captivating Las Vegas Grand Prix, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc second and Sergio Perez third as Lando Norris crashes out early
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Max Verstappen won a captivating Las Vegas Grand Prix – a race of twists and turns, crashes, courage and mistakes that lived up to its hot billing on the Strip.
A bet on the world champion may be the safest punt in all Sin City but it did not always look like that under the bright light of this inaugural event.
As he did so, news broke that Lando Norris had been taken to the University Medical Center for tests after a big smash at 180mph. The Briton had walked out of his stricken McLaren into the medical car and is basically
Another stand-out fact was the poor performances of the Mercedes duo again. Lewis Hamilton, who had two prangs, the second his fault and which caused a puncture, condemning him to finish seventh. George Russell, never quite in the groove, finished eighth, after taking a five-second penalty.
An upturn in the Silver Arrows’ fortunes look as elusive as ever. How Hamilton, the sport’s biggest global star, must have wished it could have worked out differently on this big and glitziest stage Formula One has ever known.
The event, which got off to a dismal start on Thursday night when practice was abandoned and delayed, and fans sent home, came up trumps when the eyes of the world were turned on it, however bleary they might have been back in European heartlands before breakfast on the Sabbath.
But this was a show for a Saturday night audience Nevada primarily, and it worked. A super-packed grid set the scene. In fact it was so busy that several announcements were made to ‘please move’ off it so the lights could go out at the appointed time on a cleared road. This has happened by the skin of teeth.
As for Verstappen, he started second on the grid and wasted no time or energy in pushing pole-man Leclerc so far wide the Ferrari man was almost in the Harbor Island Apartments on the outside of the left hander.