Monday, May 27, 2024

Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix: Verstappen takes 18th win of season


Dutch Red Bull driver Max Verstappen continued his dominance of the Formula One world championship, claiming his third straight title on Saturday with his eighteenth win and pole position in stage twenty-one of the Las Vegas Grand Prix.


Verstappen took the lead ahead of Monaco-based Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and his Mexican Red Bull team-mate Sergio Pires, who finished second in the world championship, heading into the race that returns to the calendar for the first time in 41 years.

Verstappen, who started from second place, deservedly won a race that saw excitement in his first stages from the start to the last lap, despite a five-second penalty for an infringement against Leclerc at the start. him.

The Dutchman took his 53rd win of his professional career, equaling the record of former Red Bull driver German Sebastian Vettel, who overtook four-time world champion Frenchman Alain Prost at the two Brazilian Grands Prix to become third in the list of most successful drivers. weeks ago.

Verstappen has won first place in three US races this season after the US in Miami and Austin.

Germany’s Michael Schumacher is second with 91 wins, followed by Britain’s Lewis Hamilton with 103.

Verstappen strengthened his record by taking the podium for the twentieth time in a season, taking his score in the general standings to 549 points, with a wide margin over his team-mate Pires who finished third. World Championship (273).

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