Verstappen: Penalty for pushing off Leclerc in F1 Las Vegas GP "probably right call"
In the race, Verstappen started alongside Leclerc and took the lead by going inside Turn 1. However, both drivers went off the track due to the lack of grip on the new surface. Verstappen was penalized for pushing another driver off the track but managed to maintain his lead. Despite a challenge from Leclerc, Verstappen admitted that he probably deserved the penalty. After a pitstop under a safety car, Verstappen used his fresher tires to pass Leclerc again and win the race. Verstappen also had some contact with Russell but believed it was unintentional.