The manhole cover coming loose, almost resulting in tragedy for the driver, and fans being expelled from the stands without witnessing a single full training session, along with the use of chemical powder to neutralize an oil leak on the track before the start – these incidents marked the Formula 1 weekend in Las Vegas, highlighting the flaws in the organization of the event.
However, for Lewis Hamilton, Sunday’s race represented a positive response to all the negativity, including criticism from the media.
The Grand Prix held in one of Nevada’s most iconic postcards was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of the 2023 season, characterized by intense battles for position and a real battle for victory, especially in the final laps. For the seven-time Mercedes champion, it was an extremely positive outcome, and he chose not to direct criticism or demands towards the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and Liberty Media for the tumultuous events at the beginning of the week.
Hamilton began by expressing his opinion on the race: “The race was great. One of the best.” He also addressed the widespread negativity that surrounded the event, both from the media and the public, and encouraged watching how things unfolded, comparing the Las Vegas experience to the Azerbaijan leg.