Las Vegas Grand Prix all set for 2023 debut

Sam Cooper
The Las Vegas sign. Las Vegas, December 2011.

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign in the sun. Las Vegas, December 2011.

A grand prix in Las Vegas has reportedly been confirmed and will take place during Thanksgiving in 2023 as the US looks to host three races.

With the grand prix in Austin now a mainstay of the Formula 1 calendar having debuted in 2012, the sport’s bosses have been looking to profit from the increased interest in the sport in the United States.

A second US race in Miami was added to the calendar for the 2022 season and the number of races Stateside is set to increase to three, according to reports.

US media outlet Front Office Sports is reporting a deal has been reached with F1 for Las Vegas to host a race in 2023.

According to their source, the race will take place during the Thanksgiving weekend (November 24-26) and make use of the Las Vegas Strip as part of the circuit.

They said an announcement is expected within the next few weeks and that it is hoped Las Vegas will become the flagship race for the United States’ presence in Formula 1.

During the 1980s, F1 raced in Las Vegas on a temporary circuit built in the car park of one of the city’s most famous hotels, Caesars Palace, but that ended in 1984.

F1 bosses are also reported to be interested in a race in New York, but it is unclear whether F1 would want four races in the US during a season.

A race in Las Vegas was on the wishlist of Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, who also said Africa was a potential destination they were investigating.

 

Domenicali told Martin Brundle on Sky Sports F1 the clamour to host a grand prix is “not only Las Vegas, there are other cities interested in Formula 1”.

“We need to be balanced, we need to see what are the other opportunities, and very soon we will tell everyone what is our strategy to develop that market,” he said.

“On top of America, on top of China, I think there is a potential also to be in Africa soon.

“There is a lot of interest there. For sure that’s another area that so far is missing in the geography of our calendar.”

 

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