Charles Leclerc feels Max Verstappen received the correct penalty for his “over the limit” move at the start of the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix.
During the race, there was controversy when Verstappen made a bold move on Leclerc to take the lead but forced him off the track. Leclerc demanded that Verstappen give the position back, but he refused, resulting in a time penalty for Verstappen after a stewards’ investigation. Despite the penalty, Verstappen was able to regain the lead and win the race. Leclerc acknowledged that the penalty was deserved but suggested that the FIA should have required Verstappen to give the position back instead. Verstappen explained that he lost grip while trying to overtake and unintentionally pushed Leclerc wide. Both drivers had different strategies regarding the penalty, with Verstappen deciding to stay ahead and accept the penalty, while Leclerc believed he would have won without a safety car period that disrupted his race. Leclerc also admitted that knowing what Verstappen did, he would have made a tire change as well.