Formula 1 is adding a new race to its 2023 calendar with the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
The last time F1 raced in the city of the Game was in 1982 on a circuit that was then entirely within the grounds of Caesars Palace, but the new course looks much more interesting.
This new 6.12 kilometer long circuit has three main straights, 14 bends and a chicane section, with top speeds reaching over 340 km/h over 50 laps. If the layout of the track itself does not seem so incredible, it is the setting that is out of this world.
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The main straight follows the » Strip of Las Vegas, passing hotels and landmarks like the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the fake Eiffel Tower and the Venetian. The race will take place at night to take full advantage of Vegas’ iconic lights and fountains.
According to FIA, 31 different layouts have been considered, the final layout will see the teams use their low-drag aero settings as on the Monza and Spa circuits. The bumpy roads of Vegas will be resurfaced before the race and the cars will only follow one side of the track, which still leaves a width of 15 meters for overtaking.
See you in November 2023
Although most F1 races take place on Sundays, the Las Vegas Grand Prix will take place on a Saturday evening in November and qualifying will take place on Fridays. This positioning will make it easier to follow the race, both in the United States and abroad, and the city will certainly see a huge influx of tourists during the weekend of the race.
Las Vegas will join Austin and Miami to become the third F1 race in the United States where the sport has boomed in popularity over the past two years thanks in large part to the documentary Drive To Survive from Netflix.
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