Formula 1 to race on the Las Vegas Strip in 2023

Sin City will play host to a third race in America, which will see the cars hurtle past the Strip’s famed hotels and casinos.

By Matt Lennon, March 31 2022
Formula 1 to race on the Las Vegas Strip in 2023

Formula 1 cars will roar down the iconic Las Vegas strip from next year, with Sin City today confirmed as the newest city to join the elite motorsport spectacle’s global calendar. 

Stars of the series including reigning Formula 1 World Champion, Max Verstappen, will duel with seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton and other stars of the series including Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Running past the iconic Bellagio fountains and the neon lights dotting the famed ‘Las Vegas Boulevard’, the newest Grand Prix circuit will be 6.12 kilometres in length and feature three main straights and 14 corners, with the race lasting 50 laps. We can almost smell the rubber now. 

The 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix will take in many of the Strip's famous casinos.
The 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix will take in many of the Strip's famous casinos.

“Las Vegas is a destination known around the world for its excitement, hospitality, thrills, and of course, the famous Strip,” said Formula 1 President and CEO, Stefano Domenicali.

“There is no better place for Formula 1 to race than in the global entertainment capital of the world and we cannot wait to be here next year.”

Cars are expected to top 340kph at the fastest point at the end of the famed Las Vegas Boulevard, at which point they will turn left and head past Harry Reid Airport.

From there, cars will navigate a chicane at the University of Nevada and wind their way back to the northern end of the city, re-joining the Strip near Wynn Las Vegas before thundering back to begin another lap.

Formula 1 cars will fly down the Strip at more than 340kph.
Formula 1 cars will fly down the Strip at more than 340kph.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix will be one of the final rounds of the 2023 Formula 1 season and has been scheduled for a Saturday night in November when temperatures in the desert will be much more comfortable. It will be Formula 1’s first race on a Saturday since the 1985 South African Grand Prix.

The new Las Vegas Grand Prix will be the third race to take place in the US next year, joining the established annual event in Austin, Texas and another new race debuting this year in Miami, Florida.

Las Vegas is no stranger to motorsport, including Formula 1, having hosted the series in 1981 and 1982 on a circuit built within the Caesars Palace car park. America’s IndyCar Series also visited in 2007 for a street race around Fremont Street in the city’s north.

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Hate to be picky but Las Vegas Airport is now known as Harry Reid Airport after the late long-serving Nevada senator.  The McCarran name was changed after he was found to have had a history of racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.


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