2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix - Race results and standings
Check out the complete results from the Las Vegas Grand Prix, which proved a thrilling affair as Max Verstappen took a dramatic win.
The Dutch driver may have taken yet another win to lead a Red Bull 1-3, but Verstappen had to work very hard for the win as the Las Vegas Grand Prix unfolded into a thriller.
Verstappen seized the lead of the race at the start through a controversial move on Charles Leclerc into Turn 1, but the Ferrari driver was able to come back at him during the quarter of the race to retake the lead.
With early damage resulting in a pitstop for Sergio Perez under the Virtual Safety Car, a later Safety Car bunched the field back up. Verstappen attempted to scamper away from Leclerc quickly as he was given a five-second time penalty for pushing Leclerc off at Turn 1, but the Monegasque driver wasn’t to be deterred as he overtook Verstappen just before the Dutch driver’s stop.
With Verstappen falling as low as 11th following his stop, his recovery had him going up against Mercedes’ George Russell. The British driver appeared not to see Verstappen as the Red Bull attacked, with Verstappen picking up front wing damage as the pair made contact.
Debris from the contact resulted in another Safety Car, with Red Bull choosing to pit both of their drivers – Ferrari keeping Leclerc out on track as he had pitted later than both.
It set up a thrilling Red Bull/Leclerc battle in the closing stages, with Perez initially leading ahead of Leclerc and Verstappen. But both managed to overtake the Mexican again, before Verstappen hunted down and passed Leclerc for the lead.
An error from Leclerc then allowed Perez through into second, setting up a Red Bull 1-2 once again.
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Verstappen thus cantered out the final laps to lead by over five seconds, but backed off significantly to give Perez a tow on the final lap to help the Mexican resist a late charge from Leclerc. However, Leclerc managed to take the position on the final lap to deny Red Bull the 1-2 finish.
Perez’s P3 finish secured him second place in the Drivers’ Championship, meaning Red Bull secured 1-2 in the Drivers’ Championship for the first time in their history.
Esteban Ocon claimed fourth for Alpine ahead of Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll. Carlos Sainz was sixth for Ferrari, while Lewis Hamilton recovered from a mid-race puncture to finish sixth for Mercedes.
The only retirements were for AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg, while Lando Norris has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks following an early crash for the McLaren driver.
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