Las Vegas Grand Prix: Usain Bolt Sends Defiant Message to Lewis Hamilton Ahead of Penultimate Race

Las Vegas Grand Prix: Usain Bolt Sends Defiant Message to Lewis Hamilton Ahead of Penultimate Race

Martin Moses
November 18, 2023 at 2:01 PM
  • Usain Bolt has backed Lewis Hamilton to challenge for the championship next season
  • The record champion has been outshone in recent seasons by Max Vertsappen's dominance
  • P2 this season is still a possibility for the Mercedes driver, with two races remaining

Usain Bolt has expressed confidence that Lewis Hamilton will rediscover his good form next season.

Hamilton and his partner company, Mercedes, have struggled to keep up with Max Verstappen's Red Bull since the controversial title race in 2021.

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Usain Bolt and Lewis Hamilton in 2017. Photo by ullstein bild.
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The Brit was on course to secure a record eighth title, only for a last-minute change in rules to hand Verstappen the edge and, subsequently, his first title.

Since then, Verstappen has added two more, doing so rather comfortably and dominantly this season, where he won it with five races to spare.

This weekend, the drivers will troop the revamped Las Vegas circuit before finishing off the season in Abu Dhabi next week.

Bolt backs Hamilton

Bolt, who is in Nevada for the race, has backed Hamilton to get right back to it next season despite Vertsappen's dominance.

"I am a Lewis Hamilton fan. Verstappen is doing wonderful, but hopefully next year Hamilton can get back to it," said the multiple Olympic champion to Sky Sports.

Hamilton will begin in P10 on race day after getting demoted in Q2. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will be in pole position, followed by Verstappen and Hamilton's teammate George Russell.

Ferrari had secured a 1-2 finish, but Carlos Sainz was handed a 10-place grid penalty for exceeding his allowance of car parts, as reported by Formula 1's website.

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Las Vegas Grand Prix preview

In a previous report, Sports Brief touched on key details and previews ahead of the Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix in the Nevada state, America.

Despite Red Bull and Verstappen having secured a third successive crown this year, much's still at stake for the rest of the field.

Fellow RB driver, Sergio Perez is facing an ultimatum to save his 2024 seat, while Lewis Hamilton will look at his first win since Jeddah 2021.

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