©Formula1 According to a leaked document, next year’s inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix will precede the final round of the 2023 F1 season in Abu Dhabi, forming a grueling double-header with Yas Marina.
A letter addressed to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority by Liberty Dice – a new entity formed by Liberty Media to promote the Las Vegas event – and leaked on social media indicates that Sin City’s first F1 event will take place on Saturday, November 18, or just a week before Grand Prix racing’s season finale in Abu Dhabi.
The race will begin at 10 p.m. local time, which translates to 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. for viewers in the United Kingdom and Europe, respectively.
F1 teams are unlikely to be pleased with the Las Vegas event’s planned scheduling, which includes a 19-hour flight and a massive 12-hour time difference, not to mention a tiring packing-up for crews on site in Vegas that will last all night due to the race’s late evening start.
The letter states that a five-year agreement has been reached between F1 and the city of Las Vegas, potentially keeping the race as the penultimate round on the calendar until November 2027.
The 6.1-kilometer, 14-turn street circuit in Las Vegas will include a portion of the city’s famous strip, and The Formula One Group has paid $240 million for a plot of land on which to build its permanent pit and paddock facilities.
Domenicali also teases a 2023 expansion to 24 races.
During a conference call with analysts last week following the release of Formula One’s second quarter results, Liberty Media CEO Greg Mafei stated that Vegas’ pit complex will be used for other activities all year and will host “ongoing activations and events.”
“The main paddock building, which will be 900 feet long, the length of three football fields, will be exciting,” Maffei said. “We’re actively working with potential commercial partners to expand our opportunities there.”
“We are expanding the F1 team in Vegas in areas such as sales, marketing, race operations, and more. We are also leveraging local expertise and talent, such as the LVCVA and our Live Nation partners.”
Unlike most F1 races, F1 and Liberty Media will promote the race in Las Vegas on their own, in collaboration with local stakeholders and venue operator Live Nation.
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