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F1 racers take to social media to share final thoughts on grand prix weekend

Updated November 19, 2023 - 8:00 am

After Red Bull driver Max Verstappen took first place in the Las Vegas Grand Prix last Saturday night, racers took to social media to share their final thoughts on the Formula One event embroiled in controversy by a practice delay and unhappy participants.

Verstappen posted on X after winning the grand prix, “Had a lot fun out there, great racing!” after sharing many complaints about the event beginning at the opening ceremony to just before the inaugural F1 race.

The City of Las Vegas shared a video of the fireworks show after Verstappen won the race with the playful caption, “Congratulations @Max33Verstappen #WeStillLoveYou.”

Third-place winner Sergio Pérez posted “What a great comeback! We were close to winning, but we had too much downforce which reduced our top speed.

“Great job by Max and Charles (Leclerc). I’m very happy to have secured the runner-up spot after such a tough season.”

Leclerc posted on Instagram, “Disappointed to not get the win because of the safety car but fights gave me the smileeee.”

BWT Alpine F1 Team shared a video of Esteban Ocon reflecting on the event after placing fourth in the race, who said he felt very different emotions between Saturday’s qualifying race and the inaugural race.

“That sport is tough,” Ocon said.

“It’s been almost six races I would say that the planet didn’t align for us. We got all sorts of points left on the table at every round, finally things turned around,” he said.

Ocon noted that he was able to move up 12 places in the qualifying race, and commended his team for the success they had the entire weekend.

“Never give up; that’s probably the quote of the recent races on our side, and keep trusting the job that we are doing.”

Lewis Hamilton, who placed seventh, said he was happy the race was so positive in an interview with Sky Sports with over 125,000 views on X.

“I’m really grateful that the race was so good. I don’t know how it was as a spectacle for people to watch but there was so much overtaking … I really wasn’t expecting the track to be so great … I just really loved racing and lots of great overtaking opportunities.

I think for all those that were so negative about the weekend — saying its all about show and blah, blah, blah — I think Vegas proved them wrong.”

Contact Taylor Lane at tlane@reviewjournal.com.

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