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Formula 1 Confirms Circuit Coming to Las Vegas

  • Formula 1 will bring a race to Las Vegas, starting in 2023.
  • The race will take place on a Saturday night, unlike most F1 contests.
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Formula 1 made it official on Wednesday: The global racing series will return to Las Vegas.

The announcement confirmed reporting from Front Office Sports, which broke the story last week. The race will take place on a Saturday night – a rarity for F1, which typically races on Sundays.

The race will occur during Thanksgiving weekend in 2023, confirming previous reporting from FOS.

  • The 3.8-mile track will feature 14 turns, three straights, a cornering sequence, and a chicane section. 
  • Top speeds are expected to reach 212 mph during the 50-lap race.
  • Streets will be resurfaced prior to the race to smooth out bumps from regular traffic.

The race will feature a 1.2-mile stretch down the Las Vegas Strip, passing landmarks such as Caesars Palace, Bellagio Fountain, Mandalay Bay, and the MSG Sphere, which is currently under construction.

Live Nation Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Las Vegas, and other brands will promote the event.

F1 last raced in Las Vegas in 1982.

Think Globally

Las Vegas adds a third U.S. race alongside Austin — a fixture since 2012 – and Miami, which will debut on May 8.

“You add in Canada, Mexico, and Brazil – suddenly you’ve got six events in the Americas time zones,” Ian Holmes, F1’s director of media rights, told FOS. “And that starts to slightly change the emphasis of the championship.”

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has also floated the possibility of expanding to 30 races from this season’s 23 Grand Prix matches, mentioning Africa as a potential destination.

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