US Reporter

Las Vegas to Host First F1 Race since the 1980s

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Formula One recently announced its third US location for next season’s F1 race in November 2023, alongside Miami and Austin, in Las Vegas. It will be the city’s first F1 race since the 1980s.

F1 said on Wednesday that the race will be staged on the Las Vegas Strip “with the track sweeping past some of the world’s most legendary landmarks, hotels, and casinos.”

This is the first time the Las Vegas strip will see an F1 race, although the city has previously hosted the Caesars Palace Grand Prix in 1981 and 1982.

Drivers may reach maximum speeds of around 212 miles per hour (342 kilometers per hour) for the 50-lap race. The 3.8-mile track also features 14 turns.

“This is an incredible moment for Formula One that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the US,” said F1 president and CEO Greg Maffei.

“Las Vegas is a destination known around the world for its excitement, hospitality, thrills, and of course, the famous Strip.

“There is no better place for Formula One to race than in the global entertainment capital of the world and we cannot wait to be here next year.”

The Las Vegas location signifies F1’s expansion in the US. Since 2012, an F1 race has been held in Austin, while Miami will debut in May.

The growing interest in the sport among the United States audience is said to be credited to the Netflix series “Drive to Survive” and the drivers themselves.

“Most of us experience the effect it’s had on the sport. There’s certainly been a lot of growth and I honestly see that most in America,” McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo said in October, while his teammate Lando Norris said, “I think it’s a cool thing. Coming to America there are so many people who are now into Formula One just because of watching’ Drive to Survive.’”