Formula 1 has revealed further details around its race in Las Vegas for 2023 as the sport heads to the American city.
The championship is making a big play for the United States market with it aiming to capitalise on the growth in interest in the sport in the country over the last few years.
Fuelled by the success of Drive to Survive on Netflix and the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, we saw a second race held Stateside earlier this year in Miami with F1 revealing it’ll be running three Grands Prix in the country come 2023.
Indeed, Vegas is joining the calendar and will be the penultimate round of the championship, forming a rather eye-watering double-header with Abu Dhabi for those that will have to travel it, with the FIA revealing the full schedule for ’23 yesterday.
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There are several stories to take from that unveiling, with Monaco earning a three-year deal and China back on the scene but it is perhaps Vegas that has the most sense of intrigue around it given it’s a brand new circuit joining the schedule.
In a press release from F1 after the calendar was revealed, the sport confirmed that a 10pm local time start had been scheduled on Saturday evening, with practice on Thursday and qualifying on Friday, before going on to reveal further details around the event:
“A star-studded opening ceremony, featuring music acts and staple Las Vegas entertainment, will take
place on Wednesday, November 15, unveiling the spectacular new multi-use Paddock Building and signal
the start of the Las Vegas Grand Prix week – which will see unprecedented levels of F1 activity and events,
with Practice on Thursday, November 16 and Qualifying on Friday, November 17, ahead of the Saturday
A record-breaking F1 calendar
It’s clear that all the stops will be pulled out for this event next year, though it remains to be seen just how well it is received among fans, drivers and teams once race week comes.
It looks a very glitzy event, though, and the US will be eager to use all three races they host next season as a method of demonstrating their ability to host Grands Prix and generate a spectacle around them.
24 races are on the calendar for next year in a record-breaking run, meanwhile, as the globe-trotting sport continues to grow in demand and popularity.