Christian Horner has explained why Red Bull didn’t instruct Max Verstappen to reverse positions with Charles Leclerc after his controversial overtake at the start of the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix.
Verstappen made a bold move in Turn 1, forcing Leclerc off the track and taking the lead at the start of the race. Leclerc argued that Verstappen should give the place back, but Red Bull instructed him to maintain position until the incident was reviewed. Verstappen received a five-second time penalty, but managed to regain the lead and win the race. Red Bull team principal Horner believed the penalty was marginal and that both cars ran wide, but accepted the decision. Leclerc acknowledged that the punishment was deserved, but felt that the FIA should have requested Verstappen to give back the lead.