Las Vegas Grand Prix Defies Critics, Says Lewis Hamilton

Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton said Saturday’s enthralling Las Vegas Grand Prix, won by champion Max Verstappen had been the perfect answer to critics of the new race.

Verstappen had been the most prominent of those critics of the scene in Vegas this week, arguing that the Grand Prix was over-dominated by the razmazztaz in the party city.

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“For all those people that were so negative about this weekend, saying it’s all about the show and blah blah blah — I think Vegas proved them wrong,” said Hamilton, who finished in seventh place.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner agreed.

“I thought it was a great race. Exciting. You’ve got long straights, big braking zones and no grip, so tricky for the drivers.

“I thought it delivered a great Grand Prix and the speeds around here are insane,” he said, adding that Verstappen had clearly relished the challenge.

“He loves a race like that. Even though he was on the end of a penalty. When he came back… the way he fought. I think he changed his mind about Vegas,” he said.

But Verstappen was careful with his words when asked to reflect on the return of F1 to the city after a 41-year absence.