Verstappen Wins Formula 1 Race After Turbulent Thriller On The Vegas Strip


Like Formula 1, MotoGP held the penultimate race of its season over the weekend at night. The Qatar Grand Prix was the maiden victory of Gresini rider Fabio Di Giannantonio’s MotoGP career. The 25-year-old Italian out-dueled the reigning world champion Pecco Bagnaia, slightly hindering the Ducati rider’s hopes of defending the title. Bagnaia’s title rival Jorge Martin was nowhere to be seen as he struggled for pace on Sunday and finished tenth.

Race Results

1. – Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini)
2. – Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) – +2.734 seconds
3. – Luca Marini (VR46) – +4.408 seconds
4. – Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) – +4.488 seconds
5. – Brad Binder (KTM) – +7.246 seconds

It’s Monday, November 20, 2023 and this is Racing Recap, your summary of last weekend’s motorsports action. The Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend had a rocky start after a drain cover destroyed a Ferrari, but Max Verstappen emerged victorious after a surprisingly entertaining race. In Qatar, Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia extended his MotoGP points lead with only one race remaining.

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Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix at Las Vegas Strip Circuit in Las Vegas, United States on November 18, 2023.

The first corner of the race was chaotic because a classic car used in the drivers’ parade dropped oil on the inside line of Turn 1. Verstappen would pass Leclerc while running both the Ferrari and his own Red Bull off the track. Fernando Alonso spun his Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas had nowhere to go but into Alonso’s front wing.