Formula 1: Las Vegas to host grand prix from 2023 - third yearly race in United States
Formula 1 will have a third race in
the USA from next year after securing a deal for a Las Vegas Grand Prix.
The 3.8-mile track will include a
portion of the Nevada resort city's famous Strip.
It will be a night race and will be
held on a Saturday. The eight-hour time difference will mean it is broadcast
early on Sunday morning in Europe.
Las Vegas joins the US Grand Prix in
Austin, Texas, and the new Miami event, which makes its debut in May this year.
F1 president Stefano Domenicali
said: "This is an incredible moment for F1 that demonstrates the huge
appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the US."
The move is the culmination of more
than three decades of F1 trying on and off to secure a race in Las Vegas that
incorporates the Strip as part of the track layout.
As such, it represents a realisation
of a major ambition by F1 owners Liberty Media, who have made expanding the
sport's reach in America a key aim since taking over in 2017.
Domenicali, who was in Las Vegas for
the announcement of the race along with Liberty Media chairman and chief
executive officer Greg Maffei, added: "Las Vegas is a destination known
around the world for its excitement, hospitality, thrills, and of course, the
"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."
A statement from F1 said the track
would "sweep past some of the world's most legendary landmarks, hotels and
F1 said the race will be 50 laps
long and that the circuit will have "three main straights and 14 corners,
includiThe race is being promoted in partnership with some of the major casino
and hotel groups in the city, including Caesars Palace, Wynn Las Vegas, MGM and
growth in the US
Austin has been a major success
since the Circuit of the Americas made its debut on the calendar in 2012, and
the Miami race at the Hard Rock Stadium is already seeing huge levels of
F1 has held a grand prix in Las
Vegas twice before, in 1981 and 1982, when former boss Bernie Ecclestone staged
a race in the car park at the Caesars Palace casino.
Through the 1990s, Ecclestone worked
with various parties in Las Vegas to try to secure a race on the Strip, but his
attempts were always stymied by the refusal of the casino owners to close the
famous road. He revived the plans from time to time but never succeeded in
securing a deal.
This time, the casinos and hotels
are all on board, and it seems this has come about as a result of F1's growing
momentum in the States, which many put down largely to the new audience created
by the Netflix show Drive to Survive.
Domenicali has also worked
assiduously on relationships with power-brokers in Las Vegas since he took on
the job at the start of 2021.
In the 1960s and '70s, F1 had a
permanent home in the US at Watkins Glen in New York State, which was joined by
a street race at Long Beach, California from 1978.
Watkins Glen's tenure came to an end
in 1980 and Long Beach followed it off the calendar after 1983, both for
financial reasons, and F1 spent the 1980s as an itinerant presence in America,
cycling through a series of anonymous tracks in cities around the country, none
of which were a success.
It seemed to have found a permanent
home with the move to a road course inside the famous oval track at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 2000-7.
But although the event attracted
large crowds, F1 sabotaged its own future there with a controversial race in
2005, when only six cars took part because of a row over tyres, handled badly
by F1's bosses.
That meant Indianapolis' contract
was not renewed, and the US fell off the calendar until Ecclestone landed the
Austin race from 2012.
Austin was a hit from its beginning,
and has only grown in stature since, but Ecclestone failed in his attempts to
secure a street race overlooking the Manhattan skyline in New York in the
And it has taken the advent of
Liberty, which bought F1 in 2017 and ousted Ecclestone as chief executive, to
usher in what appears to be a new era of success in the States.
ng a high-speed cornering sequence
and a single chicane section".