Colliding with George Russell actually turned out to be a lucky break for Max Verstappen in a Las Vegas Grand Prix he was on course to lose to Charles Leclerc
On lap 26 of the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix, George Russell collided with Max Verstappen, costing Russell a podium finish and turning the race in Verstappen’s favor. The track, described as “Baku, but better” by Lewis Hamilton, provided high speeds, a slippery surface, and ample overtaking opportunities. Verstappen took advantage of the safety car prompted by the Russell incident to clinch the victory with strategic driving and quick moves. Ironically, the collision was Verstappen’s lucky break, as it allowed him to switch to a more suitable tire and gain track position. Although the event itself wasn’t all that exciting, the race itself was considered one of the best of the season.