After several previous reports linking Las Vegas with a Grand Prix race, Formula 1 has announced that the sport will go racing in “Sin City” in 2023.
Formula 1 will light up Las Vegas on a Saturday night in November 2023 as its streets are thronged with the world’s fastest cars and most famous drivers, officials said Wednesday.
The 6.12km Las Vegas Grand Prix track will see drivers pass by landmarks such as the Bellagio Fountains and Caesars Palace.
“It’s an incredible moment for Formula 1 which demonstrates the enormous appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the United States,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1.
“Las Vegas is a destination known around the world for its excitement, hospitality, thrills and, of course, the famous Strip.
“There’s no better place to race in Formula 1 than in the entertainment capital of the world and we can’t wait to be here next year.”
Vegas and F1 a perfect marriage of speed and glamor
Greg Maffei, President and CEO of Liberty Media, added: “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 take on the role of promoter of the Las Vegas Grand Prix in partnership with Live Nation. We couldn’t be more excited to work with our local partners to create a flagship event.
“The potential of Formula 1 has been well demonstrated over the past few seasons and the Las Vegas GP will only take it to the next level,” he concluded.
The sport previously struggled to make inroads in the country, particularly after an infamous six-car race at Indianapolis in 2005 left huge damage to its reputation.
But its popularity continues to grow in the United States, which this year will host the Miami Grand Prix in May and the United States Grand Prix in Austin in October.
The popular Netflix docu-series “Drive to Survive” has also garnered increased interest.
Next year’s race will mark the return of Formula 1 to Las Vegas, which was the site of the Caesars Palace Grand Prix in the early 1980s.
“We look forward to when the history, energy and momentum of Formula 1 will culminate in an unforgettable Saturday night on the Las Vegas Strip,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors. Authority.
“Spectators will experience the unparalleled thrill of watching these world-class drivers race on what is sure to become one of the most iconic circuits in the world.”(Reporting by Rory Carroll, Additional reporting by GRANDPRIX247)
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