EMPHATIC VICTORY IN LAS VEGAS. The Las Vegas Strip Circuit has lived up to the city’s expectations for a great deal of emotion although, as has been usual this year, the one who ended up taking the victory was Max Verstappen. Of course, the three-time world champion has had to fight hard to achieve this victory. He was accompanied on a spectacular podium by the indomitable Charles Leclerc, second, and his Red Bull teammate Sergio Pérez, third.
Today was the 18th victory in 21 races for the Dutchman, who equals Sebastian Vettel as the third driver with the most wins in history with a total of 53. Only Michael Schumacher (91) and Lewis Hamilton (103) remain ahead of him. ).
THE LAS VEGAS GP FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE TIRES
For the start, the majority of runners (15) have opted for the Medium compound. Among the others, Stroll and Tsunoda have preferred the soft one, and Hamilton, Piastri and Zhou have preferred the Hard one. The first safety car has invited many riders to immediately switch to the C3 to try to recover positions, mixing the cards with those who have chosen to continue on the track. The second Safety Car, caused by the collision between Russell and Verstappen, which left numerous debris on the asphalt, has given an advantage to those who had stopped early and had not made their second stop, as it has reduced the loss of time to a minimum. the pit lane.
The longest stints today were from Logan Sargeant (35 laps with the Hard), Valtteri Bottas (26 with the Soft) and Charles Leclerc (21 laps with the Medium that he used at the start).
MARIO ISOLA, HEAD OF PIRELLI MOTORSPORT
“We have experienced 90 minutes of action and spectacle that, without a doubt, will have been liked by those who have experienced the GP live in Las Vegas or those who have done it on TV or online. Overtaking, collisions, safety cars, mistakes and great driving feats: the best this sport can offer, condensed into 50 laps. It has been a spectacular campaign for Formula 1 in the United States, the perfect combination of motorsport and spectacle, as was made clear at the trophy ceremony.
“Tonight’s technical summary reveals the confirmation of our strategic forecasts: there was not much difference between going one or two stops. The Duro has been the most effective compound of the race, despite suffering a little with graining. The Medium, chosen for the start by almost the entire peloton, has behaved reasonably well, although it had to be treated with a little more care, especially in the first laps. In fact, those who have been in the fight for victory, like Leclerc, have been able to extend their initial stint until almost halfway through the race. The Soft, which was used only by Stroll and Tsunoda at the start, gave an optimal serve advantage, but was clearly less competitive than the rest in the long stint. Once again we have seen that the opening of the track to urban traffic has ‘reset’ the track conditions, complicating the cleaning of the graining on the tire surface.”
NEXT GP: ABU DHABI (November 24-26)
Next week the final round of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship takes place in Abu Dhabi. The compounds chosen for this event will be C3 as P Zero White (Hard), C4 as P Zero Yellow (medium) and C5 as P Zero Red (Soft). On Tuesday after the race, the same Yas Marina circuit will host a day of testing with the participation of all the teams.