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2023 Las Vegas Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Ultimately, the casinos still run this town. So, no matter how bad things got or how good things got over the weekend, the future of this event will all come down to how the casinos did not just during this week, but in the weeks leading up to the race (build up) and the weeks afterwards (tear down).

EVENT: The tale of two cracks: a water drain crack destroying a race car and setting off events which led to kicking out fans before FP2 which was everything that makes F1 look horrible vs. a cracking race (and admittedly, the night views were spectacular especially that sphere) which was everything that makes F1 look great.

TRACK: It was hysterical listening to all the social media "experts" ripping this track leading up to the weekend when a) it was not your typical all 90-degree street course turns and b) cars hadn't even ran on it. It was more hysterical how ridiculous they looked when none of their complaints came true. It was most hysterical that the best vantage point for the fans was a moving escalator.

QUALIFYING: A drain cover punches a hole in Ferrari's front row lockout as only Leclerc will get to enjoy it, Verstappen settles for ultimately second, Williams is thrilled to be starting on the third row, and huge disappointments for Hamilton and the entire McLaren team.

RACE: The race of the year. Who would have thunk it, especially after Friday's horror show.

START: Verstappen gets a better start and pushes Leclerc way wide, Alonso plays spin-a-rama thanks to no grip at all, leaving him, Perez, and Bottas to pit, Stroll jumps an amazing 10 spots, while Ocon and Tsunoda each gain eight spots.

VERSTAPPEN: A five-second penalty, a damaged car by Russell turning in on him, lucky safety car timing, all allowed Debbie Downer to finally smile at the end of the weekend.

PEREZ: In many ways, it was the old Sergio. Fast. Making up positions. Grabbing the lead on a street circuit. Then, he dosed off... But he still clinched second in the championship after such a personal chaotic season.

RED BULL: Their first 1-2 championship finish ever. That's pretty amazing when you think about it.

LECLERC: Without the second safety car timing, Charles wins this race. However, he didn't give up, turning in an impressive drive for second place.

SAINZ: Carlos got screwed by the lack of force majeure in the rules. Still, a nice fight back to sixth.

FERRARI: Not bad strategy. Just bad timing.

OCON: Nice comeback drive not just for Esteban, but for Alpine.

ALPINE: But are their drivers losing their professional relationship?

STROLL: Second fifth place finish in a row. Every time Lance is counted out and rumored to be leaving the sport, he comes back with some fine performances.

ALONSO: To think, they were going to abandon Fernando's race. Instead, he got ninth and two crucial points.

ASTON MARTIN: Which moves them to 11 points behind McLaren for fourth place with one race to go.

HAMILTON: Another frustrating weekend.

RUSSELL: Silly, amateurish mistake to make.

MERCEDES: Now just four points ahead of Ferrari in the battle for second place which comes down to the last race.

PIASTRI: Nice fastest lap effort.

NORRIS: That was a nasty crash.

WILLIAMS: Tire graining and bad safety car timing turned a promising start into a nightmare race.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: FIAsco.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- The number of fans allowed to watch FP2.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Logan Sargeant's sixth place start was the best start for an American since the 1987 Detroit GP when Eddie Cheever started in that position driving an Arrows-Megatron. He suffering a punctured rear tire early in the race at the hands of Teo Fabi, dropping Cheever to 19th, a lap down. Thanks to massive attrition rates, Cheever wound up back in sixth place, albeit three laps down from the winner, Ayrton Senna.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From @original_smokin after Friday's disaster:

@NASCAR did an incredible job with Chicago and @F1LasVegas is proving that.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: F1 commentator Jolyon Palmer on Max Verstappen's attitude, "You can't say (Las Vegas GP) is a shambles, then 50 laps later you're singing 'Viva Las Vegas' in an Elvis suit. Come on."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Carlos Sainz after finishing sixth ahead of both Mercedes, "I'm very happy to finish ahead of those who wanted me to be penalised."

SCHEDULE: One race left. A constructors fight for second and fourth; a drivers fight for fourth is on the line. And everyone will be looking for momentum heading into the off-season.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 50
2. Leclerc 50
3. Perez 50
4. Ocon 50
5. Stroll 50
6. Sainz 50
7. Hamilton 50
8. Russell 50
9. Alonso 50
10. Piastri(R) 50
11. Gasly 50
12. Albon 50
13. Magnussen 50
14. Ricciardo 50
15. Zhou 50
16. Sargeant(R) 50
17. Bottas 50
18. Tsunoda 46
19. Hulkenberg 45
NC Norris 2

Time of Race
1:29:08.289

Margin of Victory
2.070 secs.

Safety Car
2 for 5 laps

Vitual Safety Car
1 for 1 lap

Lead Changes
7 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez

Fastest Race Lap
Oscar Piastri

Pole Position
Charles Leclerc

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Verstappen 549
2. Perez 273
3. Hamilton 232
4. Sainz 200
  Alonso 200
6. Norris 195
7. Leclerc 188
8. Russell 160
9. Piastri(R) 89
10. Stroll 73
11. Gasly 62
12. Ocon 58
13. Albon 27
14. Tsunoda 13
15. Bottas 10
16. Hulkenberg 9
17. Ricciardo 6
  Zhou 6
19. Magnussen 3
20. Lawson(R) 2
21. Sargeant(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 822
2. Mercedes 392
3. Ferrari 388
4. McLaren 284
5. Aston Martin 273
6. Alpine 120
7. Williams 28
8. AlphaTauri 21
9. Alfa Romeo 16
10. Haas 12
 
 

2023 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Azerbaijan
Miami Emilia Romagna Monaco Spain
Canada Austria Great Britain Hungary
Belgium Holland Italy Singapore
Japan Qatar United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Las Vegas Abu Dhabi

2022 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Emilia Romagna
Miami Spain Monaco Azerbaijan
Canada Great Britain Austria France
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Singapore Japan United States
Mexico City Sao Paulo Abu Dhabi

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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