Formula 1: Unstoppable, Max Verstappen took his 18th win of the season in Las Vegas

Las Vegas casinos are accustomed to the expression “The House Always Wins”. But with Formula 1 returning to the city, 41 years after the Caesars Palace Grand Prix, Max Verstappen offered a reinterpretation: in F1, the Dutch always win. Already assured of a third world title, the Red Bull driver won the Las Vegas Grand Prix on Saturday 18 November (Sunday morning in France), his 18e 21 wins this season and third in the United States. After Austin and Miami, the Red Bull driver completed his triptych.

Max Verstappen beat the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez, who will be world runner-up at the end of the season. Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine), who started at the back of the grid, took 4e place

Starting from second position, Max Verstappen didn’t wait until the end of the first turn to attack Charles Leclerc, who took pole position on the streets of Las Vegas. But penalized 5 seconds for this maneuver, which was deemed illegal – it pushed the Monegasque off the track – the 52 successful man had to give way to the Ferrari driver in 16th.e lap, of the 50 that made up the Grand Prix.

“Long Live Las Vegas”

But, as has often been the case this season, the Dutchman showed ruthless skill. Much to the dismay of Charles Leclerc, who finally gave up on the Dutchman at the age of 37e round. The Monegasque also had to contend with Sergio Perez’s second Red Bull return.

A ferocious objection that pleased the person concerned. “What a race!” I really liked it. I’m disappointed to finish second, but it’s the best we can doAfter the race, the Monegasque gave up. It was very tense in the first corner as Max pushed me to the outside. But we had a rhythm, we were able to come back. We were very strong, it was a very good race. I loved this battle for second place. »

The much-fancied return of Formula 1 to Las Vegas after 41 years after two races at Caesars Palace in 1981 and 1982 was met with some criticism and began on Thursday with an embarrassing start to tests that were very good. Failed…with a well cover. Liberty Media, the company that owns F1, invested heavily in this Grand Prix, which required months of work and affected traffic on the famous Las Vegas Strip and its many hotels.

Max Verstappen has sung, though critical of the race this week, the quality of the circuit and the show’s place in relation to the sporting aspect “Long Live Las Vegas” on his radio after cutting the line of a flag held by artist Justin Bieber.

“Everyone criticized Las Vegas, but in the end it was a great race”After the race, Ferrari boss Frederic Wasser noted. In the manufacturer’s ranking, the Italians returned within 4 points of Mercedes by 2 pointse A place behind Red Bull, already the title, to 22nde And the last Grand Prix of the season, which will be held next week in Abu Dhabi.

Author: The world with AFP

Source: Le Monde

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