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Formula One: Las Vegas Named as a 2023 F1 Grand Prix Race Venue


Las Vegas F1 Race added to 2023 F1 Calendar

Want proof that Formula One is a fast-moving sport? Just over a week ago Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali announced Las Vegas and Africa could both hold Grand Prix races in the future.

A few days later Formula 1 and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced that the Las Vegas Grand Prix will join the race calendar from 2023!

Stakeholders have said the new race will take place at night – 10pm local time – on a Saturday in November. The second half of November, possibly to coincide with Thanksgiving weekend, is considered the most likely slot.

At least three decades have passed since a Formula 1 race was staged on a Saturday. Albeit the start time means British viewers can watch the action live from 6am onwards.

BREAKING: F1 to host night race in Las Vegas from 2023!#F1 @Vegas pic.twitter.com/jtXbzKioV4

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A Landmark Venue

The proposed track will be 3.8 miles (6.12km) long from start to finish with top speeds estimated to be over 212 miles-per-hour (342 km/h). There will be 50 race laps with three main straights and 14 corners. This will include a high-speed cornering sequence and a single chicane section.

Vitally the circuit will utilise the famous Las Vegas Boulevard – better known as the strip – and pass all of the famous landmark Las Vegas hotels.

Las Vegas F1 Circuit

Announcing the news Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO, 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 Entertainment.

“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.”


Four or Five North American Races in 2023?

Formula One has a five-year contract with Circuit of the Americas to keep the U.S. Grand Prix at the Texas track until 2026. Likewise, Miami – which stages its first race in 2022 – has a ten-year agreement with the sport’s owners.

2023 will therefore see three races staged in America. There will be at least four in North America during the year as Canada is contracted until 2029.

However, Mexico is out of contract in 2023 and it is possible this year’s race – scheduled for October 30 – could be the last for some time. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City is believed to be in financial difficulties.