Event: Las Vegas Grand Prix
Track: Las Vegas Strip Circuit

Race Results 2023 Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix & Report

Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing RB19  #1), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari SF-23 #16) and George Russell (Mercedes W14 #63) at turn one during the 2023 Las Vegas F1 GP

Weather: dry 19°C
Tarmac: dry 20°C
Humidity: 58%
Wind: 1.7 m/s SW
Pressure: 940 mbar

Max Verstappen won his 53rd F1 race at the 2023 Las Vegas F1 GP today. The Red Bull driver started from P2 and won on The Strip for the first time. It was his 18th win of the season, which is a new all-time record. The Red Bull Racing team scored their 111th race win today.

2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix: A Night of High Drama and Intense Racing

The inaugural 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix proved to be a spectacle of lights, speed, and drama, with Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing clinching a hard-fought victory in a thrilling night race. The glitzy event, surrounded by celebrities and an electrified atmosphere, saw Charles Leclerc of Ferrari start on pole, but it was Verstappen who ultimately triumphed, marking his 18th win of the season.

Leclerc, who had been less than satisfied with his Q3 performance, managed to take the lead initially. However, the race was anything but straightforward, with numerous lead changes and a series of incidents shaping the final outcome.

Carlos Sainz, starting 12th due to a grid penalty, faced early setbacks, including a collision that cascaded into several other incidents. The drama unfolded from the very first lap, with a spin involving Fernando Alonso, Valtteri  Bottas and Sergio Pérez. This chaos led to multiple pit stops and a Virtual Safety Car deployment.

The race saw its fair share of Safety Car interventions, one caused by a crash involving McLaren driver Lando Norris, which brought out the full Safety Car. During these periods, strategic pit stops played a crucial role in the race's dynamics. Leclerc’s lead was challenged after a Safety Car period, with Verstappen and Perez of Red Bull showing strong performances.

Verstappen, despite a five-second time penalty and front wing damage, showcased his skill and determination, making his way through the field. A pivotal moment occurred when Russell and Verstappen made contact, scattering debris and bringing out another Safety Car.

Leclerc's tire strategy and grip seemed superior at times, but he couldn't fend off the relentless pressure from the Red Bulls. In a dramatic twist on the final lap, Leclerc managed to re-overtake Perez for second place, right behind Verstappen.

Sergio Perez, after leading parts of the race, finished a commendable third. Esteban Ocon of Alpine finished an impressive fourth, climbing from 16th on the grid. The race also saw strong performances from Lance Stroll and Lewis Hamilton, who recovered from an earlier puncture.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix was not just about the racing; it was a true spectacle, with a pre-podium water and light show in front of the Bellagio, adding to the event's glamour. The podium ceremony was equally spectacular, with Verstappen, Leclerc, and Perez celebrating their hard-earned thropies.

As the fireworks lit up the Las Vegas skyline, the championship battle intensified, with Ferrari closing the gap toP2 of Mercedes in the constructors' standings. The stage is now set for a thrilling conclusion to the season at the final race in Abu Dhabi.

In summary, the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix delivered on its promise of high-octane action and entertainment, with Verstappen further cementing his position as a dominant force in the 2023 season.

Classification 2023 Las Vegas F1 GP

P No Driver Team Time Laps Grid Pts
1 1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull 01:29:08.289 50
2 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Italy Ferrari 01:29:10.359 50
3 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez
Austria Red Bull 01:29:10.530 50
4 31 France Esteban Ocon
France Alpine 01:29:26.954 50
5 18 Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Aston Martin 01:29:28.356 50
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz
Italy Ferrari 01:29:29.123 50
7 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes 01:29:30.044 50
8 63 United Kingdom George Russell
Germany Mercedes 01:29:31.380 50
9 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom Aston Martin 01:29:34.253 50
10 81 Australia Oscar Piastri
United Kingdom McLaren 01:29:37.785 50
11 10 France Pierre Gasly
France Alpine 01:29:42.559 50
12 23 Thailand Alex Albon
United Kingdom Williams 01:29:51.687 50
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United States Haas 01:29:53.114 50
14 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Italy AlphaTauri 01:29:56.814 50
16 2 United States Logan Sargeant
China Zhou Guanyu
United Kingdom Williams 01:29:58.451 50
17 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Switzerland Alfa Romeo 01:30:33.639 50
18 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Italy AlphaTauri 01:23:38.931 46
19 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg
United States Haas 01:21:43.790 45
DNF 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris
United Kingdom McLaren Spun off 0

Fastest lap 1:35.490 min by Oscar Piasti, McLaren MCL60 #81 lap 47 @233.779 km/h

2023 Las Vegas F1 GP Results
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21 F1 Fan comments on “Race Results 2023 Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix & Report

  1. Les

    Well I've made my judgement. Vegas GP leaves Monaco for dead. A race at Vegas compared to a procession at Monaco.
    Monaco location is special but the adrenaline and excitement of an actual race combined with the glitz and glamout of Vegas - Wow.

  2. Jere Jyrälä

    A decently okay race for LV's return, & an expected winner, although Leclerc's re-pass on the final lap was good.
    Norris' off was weird, though, & unfortunate outcomes for Williams & Gasly after good starting positions.

  3. shroppyfly

    Im often accused..... actually we can stop right there, but as I say im often accused of using facts, So in that vein, bigger than the veins popping out of Christians neck at the poor result,im guessing its 99% of the F1 fans using the BBC F1 web pages are British were asked a question, Was the LV a good race?, and here are the results thumbs up for Yes 1978 , and thumbs down for No 4325, now i appreciate some countries fans will have an opinion that may well be different to an others, but it seems the British fans have said there bit

    • TruePost

      And another thing you were always wrong about Shropp: this Crazy Mad Max guy will never amount to anything in F1!!!

      He's a public danger, and all that crap. We got to find better ways to keep him from winning, they built him a magic car, it's got to be full of illegal tweaks, so well hidden nobody can find them, extraterrestrials are behind the wholen thing...

      He is a very poor driver, this latest win is just sheer luck.

  4. Les

    British fans will never say another countries GP was good at the risk of a chance they may be admitting that in any particular year that race was better than Siverstone.

    • ReallyOldRacer

      Les, completely agree about 'stone being far overrated as a track, but it is the mother of F1. As for the Brit's race judgement, as a group they are the most knowledgeable fans in the world and their opinion is valid. LV was, as Jere commented, an OK race. But it had some major flaws. The hours, at track fan treatment and that silly trek to the Bellagio for interviews were all way out of bounds. And there are the prices.....pure gouging. Liberty at its finest. IMO of course.

      • Flav' P

        As an American I dare say that Silverstone is THE Event I/we look forward to watching and desire to attend. I've a number of other races in my future quiver - Budapest Sakura, Interlagos, etc. My son and I attended Austin this year, again a high point. Both shared the erroneous opinion of LV that it would be a complete train wreck.
        In trut, it was a really spectacular event that, stupid money aside, was a really great event. Aside - I live in Arizona and don't like Vegas, but rue missing that inaugural race. Even without Toto's pathetisad response to questions.

        The scheduled hours were cracked - going for the Phillipine viewership?

        The weird trek to the interview at Bellagio would have been questionable, but the natural banter was priceless under those star-filled RR skyscrapers. Don't miss the trees for the forest - no matter how gaudi!


        • ReallyOldRacer

          Your points are taken, Flav, and I don't disagree. I guess my main complaint is that the onsite fans who paid big $$$ were mistreated. Track times, being thrown out, lack of paddock access, dumbass Bellagio truckstop, little communication, etc. As said, the race was OK and the setting spectacular.

          A billion dollar investment? Well, I guess that Liberty will recover it when they sell the deal to the sandfolks.

  5. shroppyfly

    Quite a few mistakes made , but asking the fans to leave for me is the biggest and the $200 offering, sorry thats another kick in the teeth, hopefully for next year they'll learn dare i say quite a few lessons, id say yes it was an OK race, not a brilliant race but ok, but AD next ahhhh what a place bringing back all those memories happy days ,happy days

  6. shroppyfly

    How can anyone say Silverstone isnt the best track in the world, we have the Hamilton straight and thats enough to give it the title of best track in the world isnt it , just dont mention the year when the carpark field turned into the Somme battlefield it was that muddy, oh another feck up those classic cars leaking 70yr engine oil onto the track, Liberties list of improvements is getting longer, ive no doubt the event made a profit, and its just aswell its a public company so any losses can be hidden, written off by the accountants

    • TruePost

      I have to agree with you on this one Shropp. Any country that wants to be part of the F1 circuit should hold such a race on an exact duplicate of Silverstone. Allowing different tracks is an obvious juvenile mistake that can only lead to endless discussions.

      People want consistency. And another thing, today people want to decide which driver gets to win, I think that's only fair.

      You have to get with the program, Shropp. Years ago 35 guys would go out in fragile cars and you could never know how things would turn out. Now it's just about money, like everything else.

      My view is that the only exception be Monaco, but run it on Formula 3 cars.

        • TruePost

          I can't take any credit for this RO!!! I go back to the 1968 Canadian Grand Prix, trapsing in open garages, looking at Graham Hill with a wrench working on his Lotus 49 on Saturday, and then finish fourth with the motor and back end half broken away from the firewall.

          I kind of miss those days.

          • ReallyOldRacer

            Take all the credit you deserve. F1 is lucky to have you. Same era, The Glen, Sir Jackie gave advice to a young support race driver how to carry speed through the uphill esses. That young driver was me. wow

    • Nobodysperfect

      Sorry, but Silverstone hasn't got any elevation... and Spa-Franchorchapmps was already the best F1 track in the world...it will be that way until the Nordschleife comes back on the calendar (But it probably never will)

  7. f1award

    So LV was superb, emmm lets bring the SC out twice in every race to bunch the cars, how about driver changes and a cross over.
    Maybe I'm a purist but if you like neon lights, celebrities and gaps closed up by SC's then go for it.


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