2023 Formula1 Will Race On The Vegas Strip
From next year, Formula 1 vehicles will thunder down the famous Las Vegas strip, as the city was officially announced as the newest addition to the premier racing spectacle’s worldwide schedule.
Some of the series’ top talents, including the incumbent Formula 1 World Champion, Max Verstappen, will face off against seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton and other top stars from the series, such as Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo.
A total of 6.12 kilometres in length, it will pass by the famous Bellagio fountains and the neon lights that line ‘Las Vegas Boulevard.’ The race will run 50 laps and will be held on three major straights and 14 bends on the new Grand Prix track. We can practically detect the scent of rubber at this point.
According to Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, “Las Vegas is a location that is recognized all over the globe for its excitement, hospitality, thrills, as well as the world-famous Strip.”
In the global entertainment center of the world, there is no better site for Formula 1 to compete than in Las Vegas, and we can’t wait to be back here again next year.”
It is predicted that cars would exceed 340kph at the quickest point, which will be at the end of legendary Las Vegas Boulevard, after which they will turn left and go through Harry Reid International Airport.
After passing through a chicane at the University of Nevada, drivers will snake their way back to the northern part of the city, rejoining the Strip at Wynn Las Vegas, before blasting back to the start line for another lap.
As one of the last races of the 2023 Formula One season, the Las Vegas Grand Prix has been set for a Saturday night in November, when temperatures in the desert will be considerably more bearable. Since the 1985 South African Grand Prix, this will be the first time that Formula 1 has held a race on a Saturday.
The new Las Vegas Grand Prix will be the third race to be held in the United States in the following year, joining the long-running yearly event in Austin, Texas, and another new race that will premiere in Miami, Florida this season.
It is no secret that Las Vegas is a motorsports mecca, having hosted the Formula One World Championship in 1981 and 1982 on a track constructed inside the Caesars Palace parking garage. In 2007, the IndyCar Series made a stop in Las Vegas for a street race along Fremont Street in the city’s northern section.