F1 has now revealed that it will be holding a race in Las Vegas from 2023 confirming the official beginning of the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
This is the third location to be used by the Formula 1 in the US as the sport becomes more and more popular in the country after the huge success of Netflix’s Drive to Survive, and will join the F1 calendar a year after Miami joins it next year.
It was rumoured that Las Vegas would be joining the calendar with the governor of Nevada revealing he’d been in talks with the sport last year, but now fans can relax and fully look forward to their favourite drivers racing around Sin City.
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This race will bring a change to the tradition of F1, however. Due to the race being held at night, it will take place on the evening of a November Saturday instead of the traditional Sunday.
Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said the following:
“Iconic Las Vegas and Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, is the perfect marriage of speed and glamour.
“Our confidence in this unique opportunity is evident in our decision to assume the promoter role for the Las Vegas Grand Prix in partnership with Live Nation.
“We could not be more excited to work with our local partners to create a marquee event. The potential of Formula 1 has been well demonstrated over the last several seasons and the Las Vegas GP will only take it to the next level.”
So what do you need to know about the track? The track is 6.12km long, consists of 14 corners, and cars will be looking to hit around 340km/h thanks to three straights and three high-speed corners. Add in a single chicane, and we’ve got ourselves 50 laps of something that’s looking to be very special.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali commented on the addition:
“This is an incredible moment for Formula 1 that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the US. Las Vegas is a destination known around the world for its excitement, hospitality, thrills, and of course, the famous Strip.
“There is no better place for Formula 1 to race than in the global entertainment capital of the world and we cannot wait to be here next year. I want to thank everyone who helped deliver this event, especially Governor Sisolak, the Clark County Commission, Steve Hill at the LVCVA, and our local partners.”