Amid the glitz of the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, Usain Bolt, renowned as the world’s fastest man, revealed his admiration for Britain’s racing maestro, Lewis Hamilton, at the star-studded event in Sin City.
Expressing his staunch support for the seven-time F1 champion, Bolt shared, “I’m always a Lewis [Hamilton] fan because I know him. Verstappen is doing wonderful, he’s really coming out and showing the world. This season he’s been outstanding. But hopefully next year, Lewis can get back into it,” in an exclusive chat with Sky Sports.
Bolt’s experience on the street circuit behind the wheel of a race car during the third free practice and qualifying left him thrilled. “The hot lap was wonderful, the speed was great, the G force was crazy, it was good,” he exclaimed.
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Reflecting on the grandeur of Las Vegas hosting the Formula One event, Bolt enthused, “I think Vegas itself is such a big entertainment city. So, to actually bring the Formula One here, it’s just wonderful. It’s just out of this world to know that it actually happened. We’ve heard about it for a while, so the fact it actually happened is beautiful.”
During the gripping qualifying session, Charles Leclerc clinched pole position for the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, edging out his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz by a mere 0.044 seconds. Max Verstappen from Red Bull secured the third spot, setting the stage for an electrifying race alongside Leclerc.
Mercedes’ George Russell secured fourth place, followed by Alpine’s Pierre Gasly. Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso saw a dramatic drop from fourth to 10th in the closing moments of the session.
However, disappointment loomed for Hamilton, who could only secure 11th place, and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, finding themselves knocked out in the second session due to a miscalculated pit strategy, causing Perez to plummet from sixth place.