Las Vegas Grand Prix Respond To Critics With Thrilling Race

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The much-maligned Las Vegas Grand Prix finished in spectacular fashion on Saturday night, providing a thrilling race on the renowned Las Vegas Strip to make up for previous errors.

The news of a third U.S. Grand Prix was welcomed at first, but as street closures hampered traffic and public interest started to decline in the days before the race, things started to go south.

To make matters worse, a disastrous first practice on Thursday night was called off after just eight minutes due to track repairs, which prompted angry fans to file a class-action lawsuit.

Even Max Verstappen, the winner of the inaugural event, who is the harshest critic of the LVGP, had to concede that the night in Nevada was clear and crisp.

“It was a lot of fun out there,” the Red Bull star said after securing his record-extending 18th victory of the Formula One season.

Verstappen caused a stir this week when he criticized the race’s spectacle and the attendees themselves. Verstappen had already secured the championship before traveling to Vegas.

But following his victory on Saturday, he changed his mind.

“A great crowd,” Verstappen said in the winner’s circle as the famed Bellagio fountains danced in the background.

“I hope everyone enjoyed it, we definitely did. Excited to come back here next year and try to do something similar.”

According to Red Bull Principal Christian Horner, Verstappen thoroughly enjoyed the encounter.

“I think he changed his mind about Vegas,” he said.

Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari was completely destroyed by a loose drain cover on the 3.8-mile (6-kilometer) street course on Thursday, raising questions about the quality of the recently constructed track. However, Lewis Hamilton praised the circuit following his seventh-place finish.

“Lots of great overtaking opportunities,” Hamilton said.

“And I think for all those who were so negative about the weekend, saying it was all about show blah blah blah, I think Vegas proved them wrong.”

This week, locals and employees had differing opinions regarding Formula One’s return to the city following a nearly 40-year hiatus.