Leclerc made a mockery of the matter in Las Vegas. Fortune smiled on Red Bull
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Charles Leclerc once again failed to turn pole position into an F1 race win. The Las Vegas GP ended with the victory of Max Verstappen, who was lucky to neutralize in the final phase of the race.
Charles Leclerc even before Las Vegas Grand Prix he announced that he would like to finally turn pole position into a race win Formula 1. The last time the Monegasque managed to do this was in the Australian GP in 2022. Since then, the driver Ferrari Twelve times he started the competition first, but did not bring victory to the finish line.
The 26-year-old made a mockery of the situation in the first corner, where he did not have enough grip, which he took advantage of Max Verstappen. – He pushed me off the track! – the Ferrari leader complained on the radio, but the Dutchman did not give him the position. However, the referees intervened and, after long deliberations, awarded a 5-s penalty to the current world champion.
In the first corner we also gained confirmation that slippery asphalt combined with low temperature can cause surprises. Fernando Alonso He suddenly lost control of the car, did a top spin and hit the car Valtteri Bottas. He was also injured in the incident Sergio Perez. The Mexican had to go to the pit lane to get a new front wing.
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A moment later he flew off the track Lando Norris. Driver McLaren without any warning, he lost traction and went straight into the barriers. – I’m fine – reported the Briton, who was taken to hospital for check-ups. His accident, however, resulted in neutralization and the deployment of the safety car.
– My tires are dead – reported Verstappen after 30 minutes of the race, and Leclerc suddenly started to make up for the loss of the driver Red Bull Racing and overtook the Dutchman just before his pit stop. The Monegasque stayed on the track longer, and hopes of winning the Las Vegas GP were revived in the Ferrari garage.
The events that took place a few minutes later had a huge impact on the fate of the race. There was a collision on the track between Max Verstappen and George Russell. -He swerved right at me! – the Dutchman was furious, and the judges gave the Briton a 5-second penalty. There were a lot of parts from Verstappen’s crashed car left on the asphalt, so the judges announced another neutralization.
The safety car came out at a bad time for Leclerc, who had only visited the mechanics moments earlier. Perez and Verstappen benefited from the neutralization and made free pit stops. The effect was that after the restart, both Red Bull drivers coped with their Ferrari rival quite smoothly.
At the end, Leclerc made even more use of the hard tires and overtook Perez, but the Ferrari driver made a mockery of it himself because he skidded in one of the corners, which Perez immediately took advantage of. The Monegasque made a counterattack on the last lap and secured second place.
F1 – GP Las Vegas – race – results:
|1.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||50 rounds|
|3.||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing||+2.241|
|14.||Daniel Ricciardo||Alpha Tauri||+48.525|
|15.||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo||+50.162|
|17.||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+1:25.350|
|18.||Yuki Tsunoda||Alpha Tauri||did not finish|
|19.||Nico Hulkenberg||Haas||did not finish|
|20.||Lando Norris||McLaren||did not finish|