Some refer to Formula 1 as a circus that packs all the gadgets and roams across the globe racing on different continents. Now the newest addition to this circus is the Las Vegas GP scheduled to host its first race in 2023. The entertainment capital of the world will host the third US Grand Prix in 2023. The Austin GP is going on since 2012 and the Miami GP is also a new addition starting this year. This would be the third time in the history of F1 for a country to host 3 races in the same calendar year.
Las Vegas has already witnessed 2 Formula 1 races back in 1981 and 1982. But the races did not happen under the city’s iconic strip. The track will now go past the famous Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Strip, Bellagio fountains and the Eiffel Tower of Paris Casino.
The new layout is a 3.8 mile (6.2 km) circuit with 14 turns with a total of 50 race laps. The track is designed with three high-speed straights and a high-speed corner. The cars are anticipated to go around 340 kmph (211 mph).
The date is yet to be determined, the race will happen in the month of November in 2023. Unlike other Grand Prix, the Las Vegas GP will happen on Saturday evening instead of Sunday.
Las Vegas GP announcement
On March 30th, Liberty Media President & CEO, Greg Maffei along with Formula 1 President Stefano Domenicali broke out this news at an event in Las Vegas. They were joined by the local stakeholders such as Steve Sisolak, Nevada Governor, Steve Hill President & CEO of LVCVA and Micheal Rapino, the CEO of Live Nation Entertainment.
The organisers and the stakeholders shared the same enthusiasm as the fans for this new venture. Stefano Domenicali stated “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.”
Steve Hill mentioned “We eagerly anticipate the moment when the history, energy and momentum of Formula 1 will culminate in an unforgettable Saturday night on the Las Vegas Strip. Spectators will experience the unrivalled thrill of watching these world-class drivers race through what is sure to become one of the most iconic racetracks in the world. Formula 1 and Liberty Media have been incredible partners, and we look forward to November 2023 when we once again showcase that Las Vegas is ‘The Greatest Arena on Earth’.”
Races every year
The number of races is going up every year; 2019 had 21 GPs, 2020 had 17 (Because of Covid-19), 2021 had 22 races and this year we have 23 races lined up. The total number of races for 2023 is still not final, but it might go past 23 races.
But teams are against the idea of having 23+ races a year. The staff is subjected to a high workload with longer calendars and strict Covid-19 protocols. And logistical planning is a nightmare for the teams.
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1. Which are the newest F1 race tracks in Formula 1?
In 2021, both the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia and the Losail International Circuit in Qatar were introduced. The Miami International Autodrome racetrack will debut this year in May.
2. How much do teams spend on developing F1 cars?
Earlier there was no limit. Top teams like Ferrari and Mercedes spent more than $400 million dollars on development each year. Last year, FIA introduced a budget cap of $145 million dollars for each team. This year it has come down to $140 million.