It has long been rumoured, but now it is 100% confirmed that Las Vegas will host a Formula 1 race in November 2023.
We have reported that they have witnessed a letter of intent, thought to be authentic, that confirms that Sin City will play host to a Grand Prix on Saturday 18 November, with qualifying and warm-up on across the prior two days.
So #f1 nerds if you want to read the Letter or Intent for the Las Vegas Grand Prix between Liberty and the Convention bureau here it is. The advertising and airspace provisions seem optimistic. 1/17 pic.twitter.com/XFMn0inh6c
Las Vegas chiefs have long lobbied for Formula 1 to return to the city, with two races held in the car park of the Caesars Palace casino and hotel back in the 1980s.
But hopes for a return have been delayed by a number of logistical and legislative issues, although one court battle between Formula 1 and tech entrepreneur Farid Shidfar – ostensibly about promotional rights – was settled earlier in the summer.
The Las Vegas race will be unique to the F1 schedule in that it will take place at night, and will join two other American dates – Miami and Los Angeles – on the 2023 season itinerary.
It will be the first time that Formula 1 cars have raced on the Las Vegas strip, with the action passing by a number of iconic landmarks in the city. The design of the street track features 14 turns along its 3.8-mile length, with top speeds of around 212mph expected across the 50 laps.
A video released on formula1.com broke the news to a number of drivers about Las Vegas 2023, and their responses – including Pierre Gasly’s ‘that’s insane!’ – confirm how much they are looking forward to the occasion.
As is F1 supremo Stefano Domenicali, who said: “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.”
Rolling the Dice
In the same video in which a number of F1 drivers got hyped up about the prospect of a Las Vegas GP, veteran Sebastian Vettel – who has recently announced his retirement from the sport – was rather more pragmatic in his answer. “I’m sure that some drivers will spend some money in the casinos… and hopefully try to gain it back on Sunday.”
NEWS: Sebastian Vettel will retire from #F1 at the end of the 2022 season, bringing one of the greatest careers in the history of the sport to a close.
Read more from Sebastian, Lawrence Stroll and Mike Krack. ⬇️
— Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) July 28, 2022
The racetrack for the Las Vegas Grand Prix will wind past a number of world-famous gaming establishments and hotels in the Neon City, including the Palazzo Venetian, The Mirage and, of course, Caesars Palace, while the Bellagio Fountains and Planet Hollywood will also provide a unique backdrop to what will be an iconic F1 race no matter how the action pans out.
The nature of street tracks allow for thousands of spectators to get up close and personal to the cars as they whizz by at hair-raising speeds, and no doubt many – like Vettel’s F1 colleagues, according to his prediction – will try their luck in the casinos.
Nevada is just one American state where online gambling is also legal, and the popularity of roulette, blackjack, slots and the like is such that even places that aren’t as over-subscribed by tourists – such as New Zealand, Hungary and even Kazakhstan – still attract plenty of interest from gamers thanks to their liberal online betting regulations.
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Your standard Saturday night in Las Vegas is a chaotic and busy affair at the best of times, but with the F1 roadshow rolling through town it’s fair to say that 18 November 2023 will be a night that the city never forgets.
At the time of writing, tickets had yet to go on sale, but this is one experience that most racing fans will not want to miss.