Verstappen wins Las Vegas GP, Leclerc second with Ferrari

The Dutchman from Red Bull triumphs again, the red behind the world champion

Max Verstappen wins the 2023 Las Vegas GP, the penultimate race of the World Championship. The Dutch Red Bull driver, despite a penalty at the start, achieved his 18th success of the season ahead of the Ferrari of Monegasque Charles Leclerc.

The red team’s driver, who started from pole position, took second place with a last-minute overtaking move against Sergio Perez. The Mexican Red Bull driver finished in third place ahead of the Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll. Sixth position for Carlos Sainz, with the other Ferrari, preceding the Mercedes of the British Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Ferrari reduces the gap to the silver arrows in the Constructors’ World Championship, the gap is only 4 points with one race remaining at the end of the championship.

Verstappen leaves Las Vegas with an increasingly record-breaking CV: 53 career victories, tied with Sebastan Vettel in third place in the all-time rankings. The Dutchman, already world champion for the third time in a row, achieved his sixth consecutive victory, the twentieth podium of the year and the 97th of his career. No one before him had managed to win 3 races in the same country in a single season (Miami, Austin, Las Vegas). The connection with Leclerc’s results is curious. When the Ferrari driver starts on pole, Verstappen wins (11 times). As a result, Leclerc is unable to transform pole into a victory: he has done this 12 times.