Max Verstappen wins the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix after initially hating the event, praising the race and the extravagant victory celebration.
Verstappen’s Change of Heart
Max Verstappen’s initial disdain for the Las Vegas Grand Prix transformed into excitement and joy as he secured his 18th win of the season, praising the event and its extravagant victory celebration.
Race and Victory Celebration
Verstappen passed Charles Leclerc at the start, overcame a penalty, and eventually won the race amid an extravagant celebration on the famed Las Vegas Strip.
Celebrity Attendance and Economic Impact
The event drew significant attention from celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Rihanna, Usain Bolt, and Shaquille O’Neal. F1 estimated an economic impact of $1.2 billion to Las Vegas.
Event Criticisms and Challenges
The event faced criticism for its emphasis on extravagance, high ticket prices, and overshadowing the sporting element. Additionally, challenges arose during the practice sessions, leading to a class-action lawsuit.
Racing Experience and Results
Despite the initial challenges, the event delivered one of the most competitive races of the season, receiving praise for the raciness of the track. Verstappen’s victory also solidified his position in the season driver standings.