Formula 1 is adding a grand prix in Las Vegas to its calendar beginning in 2023, the global racing series announced.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix will take place on a Saturday next November and be one of three races in the United States, joining Miami and Austin. Las Vegas previously hosted F1 races in 1981 and 1982 but this will be the first time F1 cars will race on the Las Vegas Strip, with the circuit sweeping past famous hotels and casinos, the series said.
The 14-turn track will run for 3.8 miles with top speeds expected to hit around 212mph. The design features three straights, a high-speed cornering sequence and a single chicane section, with the Grand Prix to be run over 50 laps.
The news was announced by Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei and F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali.
They were joined by local stakeholders including Nevada Governor, Steve Sisolak, CEO and President of the LVCVA, Steve Hill and President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment, Michael Rapino.
“Iconic Las Vegas and Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, is the perfect marriage of speed and glamour,” said Maffei. “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.
“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.”
“This is an incredible moment for Formula 1 that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the US. Las Vegas is a destination known around the world for its excitement, hospitality, thrills, and of course, the famous Strip,” said Domenicali. “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. I want to thank everyone who helped deliver this event, especially Governor Sisolak, the Clark County Commission, Steve Hill at the LVCVA, and our local partners.”