Even in the race in Abu Dhabi, Max Verstappen did not give in to his rivals and celebrated his 58th victory in Formula One after 54 laps. The Dutchman concluded an exceptional season in which he broke many records, among them he became the first driver to lead 1000 laps in a season at the race in Abu Dhabi. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1728783573723881535 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc finished the race on the podium, while Sergio Perez was third at the finish line, who was penalized with five seconds for a collision with George Russell and thus slipped to fourth place . Even Leclerc tried to help the Mexican, who gave him his place and then tried to slow down Russell so that Perez could stay ahead of the Briton after the penalty, but he was unsuccessful. It was Russell who advanced to third, and they finished the race in the top six
The FIA changed the rules ahead of the weekend's resumption in Abu Dhabi, banning overtaking on the exit from the garages after Max Verstappen raced onto the track in a heavily curtailed second practice session to overtake George Russell and Lewis Hamilton. The Dutchman said that the two rivals were too slow and that they wanted to block his way. "They drove slowly, but I wanted to get to the track as soon as possible, as we had limited time on the track," he explained. "When I tried to overtake them, they tried to push me into the wall." https://twitter.com/F1/status/1728080282656321954 Race director Niels Wittich issued new instructions to teams and racers before the third practice session and qualifying, in which he supplemented article 33.4 of the sports regulations, which otherwise prohibits "unnecessarily slow driving and
Max Verstappen celebrated another victory on the streets of Las Vegas, for which he had to fight for the entire race. It got complicated at the start of the race when he overtook Leclerc with aggressive overtaking and earned a five-second time penalty, which he served during the safety car while changing tires, slipping to ninth. From there the win looked lost, but lap after lap he made his way to the front and retook the lead with thirteen laps to go. Second place went to Charles Leclerc, who attacked and overtook Perez in the last lap. The Mexican ended up third after failing to take advantage of Verstappen's help. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1726141978734465498 At the start, Max Verstappen aggressively attacked Charles Leclerc in the first corner and due to a very late
Max Verstappen had no trouble responding to Lando Norris's attack at the start of the race to take the lead braking into the first corner, then controlled the race from the lead to claim another sprint victory. Norris, who started from the best starting position, ended up second, but Sergio Perez, who lost a few places at the beginning of the race, made his way to third place and thus finished in the same place he started it. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1720879725726601553 The fourth place was taken by George Russell, who even drove in the second place at the beginning of the race, and the fifth was Charles Leclerc. Yuki Tsunoda retained the sixth starting position and brought important points to the Alpha Tauri team, while also finishing the race ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Carlos Sainz was eighth, ninth excellent
Charles Leclerc won the best starting position at the Mexican Grand Prix, and his teammate Carlos Sainz will start the race on the front row. Max Verstappen, who is one of almost half of the drivers on the starting line who are facing a penalty, won the third starting place, which is still in question. If the three-time world champion avoids the penalty, he will have an excellent opportunity from third place to take the lead on the long straight ahead of the first corner. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1718387601382727701 The real surprise of the qualifiers is the Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who won fourth place with the Alpha Tauri racing car, thus beating home hero Sergio Perez, who will start the race from fifth place. Sixth place was taken by Lewis Hamilton, who will be under investigation after qualifying
Max Verstappen was the fastest driver in the last F1 free practice session before the Mexican Grand Prix, which is not even as surprising as the fact that Williams driver Alex Albon turned out to be the closest competitor before qualifying, which will take place at 23:0.139 GMT. The Thai racer was only seven hundredths of a second behind the Dutchman's time, and the local hero Sergio Perez set the third time this time, XNUMX seconds behind. George Russell was fourth ahead of Oscar Piastri, Valtteri Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda, Lando Norris, Daniel Roicciard, Lewis Hamilton and Logan Sargeant.
Max Verstappen did celebrate his 50th victory in F1 in Austin, but it was one of the most difficult races for him in recent years, as he struggled with brake problems for all 56 laps, and at the finish line he celebrated victory with a lead of 2.225 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The Red Bull team changed the brakes on his car after the sprint race, and the Dutchman does not yet know what caused the problems. "We changed the brakes after the sprint and they were not good today," he explained. "I didn't have a good feeling on the brakes, and I couldn't solve the problems during the race. We have to find a reason, because lack of confidence in the brakes, especially on a track like COTA, has a big impact on the lap time, so the race was more difficult than I expected. To now in F1 I've never had a problem with the brakes, but today it was a big problem." Brake problems are reflected
Max Verstappen drove a tactically-challenging nerve-wracking race at Austin F1 and eventually celebrated his 50th career win despite brake problems. The Dutchman's race was made much more difficult by a mistake in the qualifications, when the commissioners deleted his fastest time in the Q3 part of the qualifications due to a violation of the track limits, sending him from pole position to the sixth starting place. https://twitter.com/redbullracing/status/1716192509129277829 The Red Bull racer was cautious and a bit reserved throughout the race, and took the lead in the race only in the second part of the race, when he managed to stay at the head of the column with two pit stops all the way to the goal. The second was Lewis Hamilton, who even led in the first part of the race and promised to fight for the victory, but in the end he was behind the three-time world champion by a little more than two seconds.
Max Verstappen will start the F1 sprint race from the best starting position after setting a time 0.055 seconds faster than second-placed Charles Leclerc in shootout qualifying. Lewis Hamilton set the third qualifying time. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1715794212992561446 McLaren racers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri took fourth and fifth place, Carlos Sainz was sixth, Sergio Perez seventh, George Russell eighth.
Ralf Schumacher has warned that Max Verstappen could side with Helmut Marko to oppose Christian Horner, who is said to want to get rid of Helmut Marko. Brazil's Globo has reported tensions between Horner and Marko, with Schumacher saying the team boss needs to be careful about playing politics as it could backfire on him. "Horner has been trying to get rid of Mark for a long time, both from the F1 team and from the entire organization," the Globe wrote. "The connection between Mark and Verstappen is strong and no one should underestimate it," Schumacher believes. "Dr. Marko supported him from the beginning and brought him to the team and it is heard that Verstappen would not support Marko's "expulsion", as he was previously prepared to fire Horner from the team." But tensions in the team, no