Leclerc: Verstappen should have been asked to give back lead in F1 Las Vegas GP
On a very slippery track, Max Verstappen went deep into Turn 1 and forced Charles Leclerc off the track, coming out of the corner in front of him. The incident was investigated by the FIA stewards and Red Bull decided to take a five-second penalty instead of giving the position back to Leclerc. Verstappen tried to build a gap to offset the penalty in the first stint, but Leclerc eventually fought back and reclaimed the lead. The incident brought attention to the practice of drivers cancelling out penalties by gaining track position. Leclerc felt that Verstappen deserved the penalty but argued that returning the position would have been more fair.