Max Verstappen asserts that Red Bull must analyse why it struggled on the Medium tyre during the Las Vegas Grand
Max Verstappen started second in the race and managed to overtake Charles Leclerc at Turn 1, but the wet track caused them both to go wide, resulting in Verstappen receiving a five-second penalty. Despite this setback, Verstappen remained in the lead until lap 16 when Leclerc reclaimed first place. Verstappen then pitted to switch to the Hard tires. Despite the penalty and a collision with George Russell, Verstappen fought back from fifth place after a Safety Car to secure his 18th victory of the 2023 season. Verstappen mentioned that he wasn’t sure why the Medium tires didn’t perform as well as the Hard tires for Red Bull and stated that the Medium tires were prone to graining, causing a loss of grip. Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner, speculated that the setup choice could have contributed to the performance difference on the two types of tires. Horner also mentioned that the damage to Verstappen’s front wing from the collision with Russell did not significantly affect the car’s performance.