Sergio Perez lauded the announcement of F1 racing in Las Vegas, but has emphasised the need for the sport to respect its history and for any new circuits to add “character” to the calendar.
The third race in the United States will begin from next season in ‘Sin City’, under the lights on a Saturday night with a part of the street layout taking place on the world famous Las Vegas Strip.
The Red Bull driver is excited to race in one of the world’s iconic tourist destinations, but was keen to add that Formula 1 needs to stay true to its roots and maintain the presence of its most historic tracks – and worries some of the new circuits arriving in the sport lack the “character” of traditional venues.
“I think, first of all, it’s great that Formula 1 is growing so much in another continent,” said Perez of Formula 1’s American presence, quoted by Motorsport Week.
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“It’s a great opportunity for Formula 1, for the sport. I think we will all benefit from it.
“So it’s fantastic. But at the same time it would be good to keep the history within the sport, and we need those historic tracks to always be with us.
“And we have to make sure when we go to new venues, to really have some character on the tracks.
“I felt like some of the new tracks kind of lack a bit of character. So that will be very important.”
But with Vegas’ famous nightlife and its appeal as a destination, Perez thinks it will offer a “great combination” for the sport – adding that there are some additional home comforts for him that come with Formula 1 growing Stateside.
“Formula 1 is becoming a bit more American, so definitely a bit closer to Mexico,” Perez said.
“I might end up living finally at home. So that’s great. It’s great to see how the sport is growing so much in the States, in all of America.
“I think Vegas will be a fantastic opportunity for the sport and for the fans to see the cars, to see F1. I just think it’s a great combination. F1 with Vegas, it’s fantastic.”
The first American race of the current season will be the inaugural Miami Grand Prix in May, before heading back to Austin for its annual visit to the Circuit of The Americas later in the year.
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