Las Vegas GP Becomes Latest Addition to the 2023 F1 Calendar
Las Vegas Grand Prix track layout. Image courtesy: Formula 1.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is back to Formula 1 after a 40-year absence, becoming the third race to be staged on U.S. soil next season; the series announced on Thursday.

The Formula One World Championship has set its return to Las Vegas, Nevada, to November 2023 as part of the Formula 1 calendar, joining two other American cities, Miami and Austin.

F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali commented at an event staged in Las Vegas on Wednesday night: “This is an incredible moment for Formula 1 that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the U.S.

Adding: “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.”

The Las Vegas trademark neon lights will highlight the race held on Saturday night on the famous Strip - otherwise known as the Las Vegas Boulevard.

The track spans 3.8 miles (6.12km) long, with the grand prix running past iconic hotels and casinos at an estimated top speed of over 212 mph (342 km/h).

Furthermore, according to the organizers, the anti-clockwise design will comprise 50 race laps featuring three main straights and 14 corners, including a high-speed cornering sequence and a single chicane section, a combination set to guarantee entertainment to the sport’s millions of fans.

Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said: “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.”

Founding Partners Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Las Vegas and Presenting Partners MSG Sphere, Resorts World Las Vegas, The Venetian Resort, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) are also promoters of the event.

In that regard, Steve Hill, President, and CEO of the LVCVA outlined: “We eagerly anticipate the moment when the history, energy, and momentum of Formula 1 will culminate in an unforgettable Saturday night on the Las Vegas Strip.”

Spectators will experience the unrivaled thrill of watching these world-class drivers race through what is sure to become one of the most iconic racetracks in the world.”

The last time Formula One visited Las Vegas was in 1982; the race was called the Caesars Palace Grand Prix.

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown reacted to the news, stating: “Thrilled we’ll be racing in Las Vegas from 2023! Awesome addition to the F1 calendar that shows how much the sport’s popularity has grown in the U.S. See you under the neon next season.”

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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