The Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend came to a stupendous close at the end of the nerve-wracking 50-lap race. While the Grand Prix is being seen as one of the best races of the 2023 F1 season, the show biz part of the whole weekend has somewhat not sat well with the drivers and the other team members.
Max Verstappen spoke very negatively about the external activities around the Las Vegas GP weekend and even went on to deem it as 1% racing and 99% show. The McLaren team principal, Andrea Stella also believes that everything was pushed to its absolute limit during last week’s activities.
Stella genuinely feels that some of the things around the Las Vegas GP could have been played down a bit and while talking about the same in detail, he told Motorsport;
I think the timetable is very challenging. It's very challenging for the staff, and it's very challenging for everyone, so ideally this is also a matter that can be reviewed.
Looking at the comments of the McLaren boss, it is quite clear that he would have preferred slightly less focus on the external activities in Las Vegas.
And, what I could say [also] is that it was a stretch, it was taken to the limit, in terms of the spectacle, in terms of the entertainment and the show.
McLaren had a disappointing outing at the Las Vegas GP
While Andrea Stella has admitted that F1 was pushed to its absolute limit during the Las Vegas GP, McLaren had a disappointing outing during the 50-lap Grand Prix with its drivers, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri. The former came away with a tough-to-take DNF finish whereas the latter was only able to come away with a tenth-place finish.
For some reason, the MCL60s just did not work properly at the Las Vegas strip. They were not able to set the pace during the practice sessions, and thus, had to see the painful sight of getting knocked out in the Q1 session of qualifying. McLaren had an extremely tough outing in Las Vegas.
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Moreover, with only one race remaining, they have come in grave danger of getting overtaken by Aston Martin in Abu Dhabi. The battle between the two outfits in the 2023 Constructors Championship is extremely close. The papaya outfit is only 11 points ahead of Aston Martin going into the Abu Dhabi weekend.