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How Las Vegas thriller exposed the real enemy of racing in Formula 1

OPINION: There were plenty of factors that helped produce a Formula 1 thriller in Las Vegas, but the lack of thermal degradation experienced by the tyres was one of the most significant - and the contest could now provide a blueprint to better racing in the future

Las Vegas’s delivery of a thriller of a race – perhaps the most exciting of the Formula 1 season so far – blew away any remaining dark clouds of criticism that had hung over the event.

The backlash from world champion Max Verstappen describing it as being ‘99% show, 1% sport’, the drain cover problems, the removal of fans from grandstands before FP2 and then the non-apology from F1 with a T-shirt voucher as compensation, were all unsavoury elements that quickly faded into the background.

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