Max Verstappen won a pulsating F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix despite being penalised for a controversial overtake on Charles Leclerc at the start.
Despite receiving a five-second time penalty for his actions at Turn 1, the Red Bull driver fought back and overtook both his teammate Perez and Leclerc for a second time, ultimately claiming victory in a thrilling race that featured two Safety Cars. Leclerc briefly relinquished second place to Perez towards the end but managed to retake the position with an impressive overtake on the final lap. Perez had to settle for the final spot on the podium, having lost a position on the last lap for the second consecutive race. Red Bull celebrated their first-ever 1-2 finish, with the result securing second place in the championship for Perez. Verstappen’s win was his 18th in a dominant 2023 season, while Red Bull set a new record with 20 wins, surpassing Mercedes’ previous record. Ocon secured a strong fourth place for Alpine, followed by Stroll from Aston Martin and Sainz from Ferrari. Hamilton recovered from a mid-race puncture to finish seventh, and Russell received a penalty for contact with Verstappen, dropping him to eighth. Alonso and Piastri completed the top-10 for Aston Martin and McLaren respectively. Norris was sent to the hospital for a precautionary check following a heavy crash on the fourth lap, marking the return of F1 to Las Vegas since 1982.