Max Verstappen of Team Red Bull emerged victorious at the inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix on Saturday night, winning his 18th race out of 21 this season. Although he faced a five-second penalty and a collision with Mercedes’ George Russell that initially dropped him to fifth place, Verstappen fought his way back to the front.
The 50-lap event was packed with excitement as Verstappen overcame the penalty for forcing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc off the track and front-wing damage from the collision. He managed to overtake his rivals and emerge as the winner.
Leclerc finished in second place after a tight race with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez. Esteban Ocon’s Alpine took fourth place, while Lance Stroll grabbed fifth for Aston Martin. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton finished sixth and seventh, respectively, after a collision. Russell finished eighth due to a penalty, with Fernando Alonso in ninth place after spinning his car. McLaren’s Lando Norris suffered a race-ending crash early on.
With this victory, Verstappen set a record for most single-season victories in Formula 1 history. He broke his own record set last year, and with one more Grand Prix to go in Abu Dhabi, he could finish the season with 19 wins in 22 meetings.
The race results showed Verstappen in first place, followed by Leclerc in second and Perez in third. Ocon, Stroll, Sainz, Hamilton, Russell, Alonso, and Piastri rounded out the top 10 finishers.
Overall, the race was action-packed and showcased Verstappen’s driving skills and determination, solidifying his position as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time.