Top officials in the sport have long desired a third race in the United States to capitalize on the sport’s present popularity in one of its most significant worldwide markets.
For 2022, Miami will join the Circuit of the Americas, but a Las Vegas street race has been anticipated for months, and the governor of Nevada acknowledged last year that conversations had taken place about placing ‘Sin City’ on the calendar, with an agreement now in place.
The marathon, which will be held at night, will take place on a Saturday rather than a Sunday next November.
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.”
In terms of layout, the 6.12km circuit has 14 bends and a peak speed of roughly 340km/h.
The Grand Prix will be conducted over 50 laps and will comprise three straights, a high-speed turning sequence, and a single chicane sector.
“This is an incredible moment for Formula 1 that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the United States,” F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali remarked. Las Vegas is a world-renowned destination recognized for its excitement, hospitality, thrills, and, of course, the famed Strip.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix will be added to the Formula One calendar beginning with the 2023 season.
After months of anticipation and negotiations, F1 has officially confirmed Las Vegas’ long-awaited addition to the calendar, making it the third event to be staged in the United States.
Although no specific date has been announced, F1 has stated that the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix will be held at night on a Saturday in November 2023. According to reports, the event will take place on November 25th, to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday.
The 6.12km course will include the renowned Las Vegas Strip, with F1 cars racing past iconic casinos such as the Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace.
The track will include 14 turns and a single chicane segment, with a Grand Prix distance of 50 laps. Top speeds are expected to exceed 212mph (342km/h) according to F1.
A grand Prix on the streets of Las Vegas has long been a goal of F1, and it matches with the sport’s owners Liberty Media’s goal of increasing the world championship’s footprint in the United States.
Vegas will be one of three American races on the 2023 F1 calendar, along with the United States Grand Prix at COTA in Austin, Texas, and the Miami Grand Prix in Florida.
“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.”
The Las Vegas Grand Prix will ‘take F1 to the next level.’
F1’s popularity in the United States has already skyrocketed, owing in part to the success of its Netflix documentary series Drive to Survive.
Last year’s United States Grand Prix drew a sellout audience of 380,000 people throughout the weekend, as F1 welcomed back huge crowds after the COVID-19 epidemic caused much of the 2020 season to be held behind closed doors.
“Iconic Las Vegas and Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, is the perfect marriage of speed and glamour,” said Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei.
“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.”