Las Vegas GP has been confirmed to join the F1 calendar from 2023 onward with the announcement made live from the city.
F1 chief Stefano Domenicali was present alongside Liberty Media boss Greg Maffei for the Las Vegas GP announcement along with Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, CEO and President of LVCVA Steve Hill and President/CEO of Live Nation Entertainment Michael Rapino.
The announcement confirmed that Las Vegas GP will take place on Saturday evening in 2023 which means practice will be on Thursday and qualifying on Friday. The exact date of the grand prix was not revealed, but is speculated to be around Thanksgiving in November.
It will run for 50 laps with 14 corners in all with three straights which includes a high-speed cornering sequence and a single chicane section. The street circuit length is slated 3.18 miles and 6.12 km, which will go through Las Vegas’ famous landmarks.
With Miami slated to take place in May and Austin later in the year, the 2023 F1 season will have three American races – the last time it happened was in 1982. Also, the last time the sport visited the city was in 1981 and 1982 when the GP was named as ‘Caesars Palace GP’.
“Iconic Las Vegas and Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, is the perfect marriage of speed and glamour,” said 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.”
At the same time, Domenicali added: “This is an incredible moment for Formula 1 that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the US. 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.”
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Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHd79zyJfEs
Here’s the layout draft shared by American media
Here’s what Stefano Domeniali said about calendar
Here’s last news on Las Vegas