Formula 1’s Las Vegas Grand Prix will have the latest start time in championship history.
F1 officials confirmed, with the FIA’s release of the 2023 calendar yesterday, that the race will take place on a Saturday and start at 22:00 local time. This means a 7am departure time on Sunday mornings in France.
With this schedule, all three major continents are covered in terms of acceptable broadcast times for fans: America (late evening), Europe (morning), and Asia (early afternoon).
Las Vegas will debut on next year’s schedule as the penultimate round of the 24-event season.
The 50-lap race will take place on November 18, and it will be the first race in Formula 1 to be held on a Saturday since 1985. Practice will thus take place on Thursday evening and qualifying on Friday evening. The exact times of the sessions will be confirmed by the FIA a few weeks before the start of the 2023 season.
“The Las Vegas Grand Prix will take F1 race weekends to the next level,” said Stefano Domenicali, CEO of F1.
« Holding a Grand Prix in the entertainment capital of the world allowed us to plan a truly spectacular celebration that has never been seen in our sport before, in the biggest arena in the world. »
« The whole city is buzzing with excitement for next year’s race. Our fans just don’t want to miss this event. It’s clear that the Las Vegas Grand Prix will be THE must-watch ticket of 2023. »
Las Vegas will be one of three US races on the 2023 calendar, with Miami and Austin retaining their slots, respectively, in early May and late October.