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FACTS AND STATS: Verstappen scores historic US hat-trick as Red Bull secure first 1-2 in drivers' championship

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 18: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull

No one knew quite what to expect from the Las Vegas race, but it delivered in spades as Max Verstappen’s hard-fought victory made him the first man to win three Grands Prix in the same country in a season – as well as giving him and Red Bull several more records. Here’s our round-up of those and the other key numbers from the City of Lights in Nevada…

• Red Bull today broke Mercedes’ single-season record of 19 wins in a year (set in 2016).

• Verstappen tied Sebastian Vettel’s 53 career wins, putting him third in the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher’s 91 and Lewis Hamilton’s 103.

REPORT: Verstappen beats Leclerc and Perez to victory in action-packed Las Vegas Grand Prix

• Verstappen is the first driver ever to win in the same country three times in a single year after his US victories in Miami, Austin and now Las Vegas.

• Verstappen has now won 16 of the last 17 Grands Prix, and 18 races overall this year, extending his own single-season record.

• It was Verstappen’s 20th podium finish of the season, also extending his own single-season record.

• Verstappen today won what was the 1,100th world championship event.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 18: Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Alpine F1 A523 Renault on

It was a superb P4 for Esteban Ocon and Alpine

• Today was Charles Leclerc’s fifth podium finish of 2023 for Ferrari.

• Leclerc has now failed to win his last 12 starts from pole position, which is just one short of Rene Arnoux’s record set from 1979-82.

• Red Bull’s Sergio Perez lost a place on the final lap for the second consecutive race.

• Perez nevertheless today clinched second place in the drivers’ championship, meaning Red Bull finish one-two in the drivers’ championship for the first time.

• It was Perez’s first podium since the last Red Bull one-two at Monza seven races ago.

DRIVER OF THE DAY: Leclerc gets your Vegas vote after gutsy drive to P2

• Alpine’s Esteban Ocon took P4 from 16th on the grid – he has only finished higher once this season (third in Monaco).

• Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll finished P5 from 19th on the grid. He’s had back-to-back fifth-place finishes in Brazil and the United States.

• With P6 for Ferrari, Carlos Sainz has leapfrogged McLaren’s Lando Norris and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso in the standings and moved into fourth in the drivers' championship.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 18: Oscar Piastri of Australia and McLaren looks on from the drivers

Oscar Piastri doubled his Las Vegas points tally by setting the fastest lap of the race

• Hamilton’s P7 finish for Mercedes means he will definitely finish third in the drivers' championship.

• Hamilton now has one race left to avoid a second consecutive winless season.

• Mercedes team mate George Russell finished fourth on the road, but a five-second penalty dropped him to P8.

• It means Russell will finish eighth in the drivers' championship, the lowest position for a Mercedes driver since 2012 when Nico Rosberg was ninth and Michael Schumacher 13th.

RACE START: Relive a dramatic getaway in the Las Vegas Grand Prix as Verstappen and Leclerc tangle while Alonso spins

• Alonso, who finished in P9, is the only driver who was alive the last time F1 raced in Las Vegas in 1982.

• McLaren’s Oscar Piastri took P10 and set the fastest lap of the race.

• Piastri’s two points were the only ones scored by McLaren tonight, the fewest since the team’s pointless race in Canada.

• Team mate Lando Norris crashed out for his first retirement since Sao Paulo 2022. Until tonight he had the second-longest finishing streak behind Verstappen.

WATCH: Heavy Norris crash brings out early Safety Car during Las Vegas GP

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