Welcome at RacingNews365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
Sign in

Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023 The latest F1 news about the 2023 F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix

The inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix will take place on 19 November 2023. The Las Vegas Street Circuit will be the venue for the third race in the United States.

F1 steward: Handing Sainz Las Vegas penalty 'felt wrong'
Carlos Sainz F1 steward: Handing Sainz Las Vegas penalty 'felt wrong'
Verstappen surprises Horner with birthday present in Las Vegas
Christian Horner Verstappen surprises Horner with birthday present in Las Vegas
Ricciardo: 'Hallucinating' after 'sketchy' Las Vegas schedule
Daniel Ricciardo Ricciardo: 'Hallucinating' after 'sketchy' Las Vegas schedule
Schumacher advises Verstappen: 'As long as he does that, they will keep winning'
Max Verstappen Schumacher advises Verstappen: 'As long as he does that, they will keep winning'
Horner: Verstappen never uncomfortable with Las Vegas race or Elvis suit
Christian Horner Horner: Verstappen never uncomfortable with Las Vegas race or Elvis suit
The driver whose 'brilliant' race was overlooked in Las Vegas
Oscar Piastri The driver whose 'brilliant' race was overlooked in Las Vegas
Brundle calls for change in F1 regulations after Sainz's disaster weekend
Martin Brundle Brundle calls for change in F1 regulations after Sainz's disaster weekend
Ferrari critical of FIA response to Sainz drain strike
Frederic Vasseur Ferrari critical of FIA response to Sainz drain strike
Horner: 'Everybody is leaving Vegas slightly f****d'
Christian Horner Horner: 'Everybody is leaving Vegas slightly f****d'
Gasly explains issue that led to 'painful' final laps of Las Vegas
Pierre Gasly Gasly explains issue that led to 'painful' final laps of Las Vegas
Leclerc: Perez mistake inspired last lap Las Vegas overtake
Charles Leclerc Leclerc: Perez mistake inspired last lap Las Vegas overtake
Perez in bold Las Vegas call as Leclerc, Verstappen in agreement over changes
Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023 Perez in bold Las Vegas call as Leclerc, Verstappen in agreement over changes
Stoddie Straight: 'Rubbish' FIA decision as Red Bull decision looms ever closer
Column
Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023 Stoddie Straight: 'Rubbish' FIA decision as Red Bull decision looms ever closer
Stroll urges caution over 'F1 show': 'I don't want to dance every weekend'
Lance Stroll Stroll urges caution over 'F1 show': 'I don't want to dance every weekend'
Sainz calls for Safety Car solution: 'It's like driving on ice'
Carlos Sainz Sainz calls for Safety Car solution: 'It's like driving on ice'
Wolff reveals one thing he would change about Las Vegas
Toto Wolff Wolff reveals one thing he would change about Las Vegas
Verstappen joins calls for investigation into pre-race incident
Max Verstappen Verstappen joins calls for investigation into pre-race incident
Ricciardo rues 'glass half full' Las Vegas race
Daniel Ricciardo Ricciardo rues 'glass half full' Las Vegas race
Sargeant echoes Leclerc and Ferrari after Las Vegas chances 'killed'
Logan Sargeant Sargeant echoes Leclerc and Ferrari after Las Vegas chances 'killed'
Perez: Leclerc 'got me back for Turkey 2020' with late overtake
Sergio Perez Perez: Leclerc 'got me back for Turkey 2020' with late overtake

F1 Grand Prix Las Vegas 2023 | Report

From November 17th to 19th, the Las Vegas Grand Prix took place at the Las Vegas Street Circuit.

Report on the Qualifying of the Las Vegas GP 2023

'Controversy' for a Clean Lap and Big Surprises

Due to the low track temperature, conditions were extremely challenging to push the limits during the qualifying session of the Las Vegas GP 2023. The so-called 'track evolution' played a significant role, meaning the track became faster as time progressed. This resulted in every driver wanting to initiate their lap as late as possible, leading to a lot of jostling and tussling for a 'clean' lap.

An incident occurred between Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen in Q1 just before the end of the session. Both drivers wanted to start their lap on the straight, closely following each other and refusing to give space for a clean lap. The Frenchman came out ahead of the Dutchman towards turn one, but Verstappen braked late and positioned his car on the inside of Ocon. This prevented him from turning in, costing him dearly. As a result, Esteban missed out on Q2 by +0.151 seconds, and there was a heated exchange over the team radio. To everyone's surprise, both McLarens also failed to make it to Q2! It's been a long time since this last happened. Additionally, Yuki Tsunoda and Zhou Guanyu did not advance to the next stage of qualifying.

Narrow Margins and Eight Different Teams in Q3

Q2 also brought significant surprises. Both Williams drivers advanced to Q3, a feat achieved only once before, during the Dutch Grand Prix. Powerhouses Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton missed out on Q3 by just half a tenth. Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll, and Daniel Ricciardo were also eliminated.

The Ferrari drivers and Max Verstappen were favorites for the pole position, and it was suspenseful throughout the session. Ultimately, the Dutchman couldn't secure pole position, making it a battle between the Ferrari teammates. With a difference of only +0.044 seconds, Charles Leclerc grabbed the pole position. George Russell narrowly missed the third position compared to Max Verstappen by just +0.008 seconds. Additionally, the Williams drivers qualified impressively in sixth (Albon) and seventh (Sargeant), which is crucial for their battle for the seventh place in the Constructors' Championship.

Check out the full results of the Las Vegas GP qualifying

Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023 report

A Chaotic Start and Significant Damage

The start of the Las Vegas 2023 Grand Prix promised a spectacle, and it certainly lived up to expectations. Max Verstappen had a better start than Charles Leclerc, allowing him to position his car on the inside of the Monegasque towards turn one. However, both drivers went off the track as the Dutchman didn't leave space for Leclerc and turned in very late. Verstappen later received a five-second penalty for this incident.

But that wasn't all. Fernando Alonso spun on his own. Valtteri Bottas tried to avoid the Spaniard but got a tap from behind by Sergio Perez, sending him straight into Alonso. Due to this contact, the Mexican lost a portion of his front wing, prompting all three drivers to pit a lap later due to the damage to their cars. Carlos Sainz couldn't decelerate his car well enough for turn one, causing his right front wheel to collide with Lewis Hamilton's left rear wheel. This resulted in a spin for Sainz, causing him to lose several positions.

A substantial crash and a five-second penalty

In lap three, things went wrong for Lando Norris. He lost the back end of his car and collided with the wall towards turn twelve. Later, he explained that the plank under the car hit the asphalt, causing him to lose control. The Briton was taken to the medical center for a medical check, where he fortunately turned out to be okay.

As the race progressed, the Alpine, Mercedes, and Oscar Piastri seemed to have an excellent race pace. This allowed them to easily overtake both Williams drivers, who quickly dropped down the standings. In turn sixteen, Charles Leclerc overtook the leader, Max Verstappen, prompting the Dutchman to dive into the pit lane for his first stop. Here, he served his five-second penalty, allowing Leclerc to build a comfortable lead.

In lap seventeen, Lewis Hamilton and Oscar Piastri made contact, resulting in damage for both drivers. Their race pace plummeted, forcing both to lose many positions and necessitate a pit stop. Sergio Perez executed a brilliant comeback and took the second position in turn eighteen. This made Max Verstappen aware that he needed to quickly overtake his rivals to avoid falling too far behind his teammate and Charles Leclerc.

The declaration of the safety car after significant contact

In lap 25, there was contact between George Russell and the Dutchman, causing substantial damage. Verstappen's right front wheel hit the side pod of the Briton. George Russell received a five-second penalty because, according to the FIA, he turned in too early while the Dutchman was alongside him. Despite the damage, Verstappen's front wing didn't need replacement as the structure remained intact, according to the team. Due to the debris on the track, a safety car was deployed. This worked out exceptionally well for Sergio Perez, who hadn't made a pit stop yet, increasing his chances of winning. Many drivers took advantage of this 'free' pit stop.

In lap 32, Sergio Perez took the lead from Charles Leclerc with a splendid overtaking move on the inside while braking for turn fourteen. Shortly after, Verstappen took the third position from Oscar Piastri. Additionally, Esteban Ocon had a strong race, securing the fifth position in lap 34, surpassing his teammate. Thanks to the potent DRS, Charles Leclerc regained the lead from Sergio Perez in turn 35. Meanwhile, Verstappen was closing in, promising an exciting climax.

An intense battle for P2 and a surprising outcome

One lap later, Verstappen overtook his teammate, and then, a lap later, he passed Charles Leclerc, reclaiming the lead. In the midfield, there was a fierce battle for points. George Russell knew he had to make up for lost time due to his five-second penalty, resulting in impressive overtaking maneuvers. In lap 43, Sergio Perez overtook the Monegasque due to a braking mistake, causing wheel lock-up. However, Leclerc closely followed the Mexican in the final laps, making it extremely suspenseful who would come out on top for the second position. In the last lap, Leclerc braked at the very last moment, edging out Sergio Perez on the inside for turn fourteen. As a result, he finished a close second in the Las Vegas GP.

It was a sensational race with numerous overtaking actions. Remarkable was Esteban Ocon's impressive fourth-place finish after a disappointing seventeenth qualifying. Additionally, Lance Stroll secured the fifth position, earning ten points. His teammate, Fernando Alonso, garnered two points with the ninth position.

Check out the full results of the Las Vegas Grand Prix

Don't miss out on any of the F1 action thanks to this handy 2024 F1 calendar that can be easily loaded into your smartphone or PC.

Download our F1 calendar
Pos. Driver Points
Pos. Team Points
Full standings
x
LATEST 2024 F1 driver salaries