Las Vegas is set to make its debut in Formula 1 in 2023 – how long will the Grand Prix be a part of the sport?
Formula One plans to have Las Vegas in its calendar in the long run and indications are that both parties could reach an agreement of hosting the race for at least 10 years. In a recent meeting of the Clark County Commission, the board looks to recognize the Las Vegas GP as an annual event for ten years, set for the weekend prior to Thanksgiving every year from 2023 to 2032. The night race in Las Vegas is expected to have an economic impact of more than a billion dollars to the city’s and the country’s economy.
In their joint official statement, Formula One and Liberty Media stated: “Our current agreement for an annual race extends through 2025. That said, Formula 1 and Liberty Media have invested in Las Vegas with the purchase of the 39 acres of land, building a 250,000 square foot paddock building and philanthropic efforts to support the local community. Making Las Vegas a permanent Grand Prix stop on the F1 calendar is our goal, and a 10-year approval provides us with the certainty that race weekend would be available on the calendar for the long term.” The Clark County Commission will meet again on February 7 to review the concerned resolution. F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali is also expected to be a part of the meeting.
Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to have the latest-ever start time
Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to feature the latest start time in championship history, F1 officials have confirmed. It will be run on a Saturday, starting at 22:00 local time (PST), which means a start time of 06:00 in UK and 07:00 in Europe on Sunday morning. Las Vegas will make its F1 debut next as the penultimate round of the 24-race season.
Las Vegas is returning in 2023 and will feature in the F1 calendar for the first time since 1985. Free practice will take place in the United States on Thursday, followed by qualifying on Friday. The race will take place Saturday night (American time) and Sunday morning in European time. Due to Las Vegas’ location close to the West Coast of the United States, having the race start at 22:00 seems a good solution. This makes the start later than the start in Singapore, which usually takes place at 20:00 local time.
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