Formula 1 has announced that Las Vegas is all set to be added to the 2023 racing calendar. With this addition, Las Vegas becomes the third active American venue to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix, joining the Circuit of Americas in Austin and the recently added Miami Grand Prix.
Although races were held in Las Vegas in 1981 and 1982, this will be the first time F1 cars will race on the iconic Las Vegas Strip, with the circuit sweeping past famous hotels and casinos.
In addition, the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix will be held on a Saturday night rather than a Sunday.
The 14-turn track will be 3.8 miles (6.12 kilometres) long, with top speeds expected to be around 212mph (342km/h). The Grand Prix will be held over 50 laps and will feature three straights, a high-speed cornering sequence, and a single chicane section.
In collaboration with Live Nation Entertainment and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), as well as Founding Partners Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Las Vegas, and Presenting Partners MSG Sphere, Resorts World Las Vegas, and The Venetian Resort, F1 and Liberty Media will promote the race.
The announcement was made at a glittering event in Las Vegas which was attended by Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei and F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali. They were joined by local stakeholders such as Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak LVCVA CEO and President Steve Hill and Live Nation Entertainment President and CEO Michael Rapino.
Greg Maffei said, “Iconic Las Vegas and Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, is the perfect marriage of speed and glamour. Our confidence in this unique opportunity is evident in our decision to assume the promoter role for the Las Vegas Grand Prix in partnership with Live Nation. We could not be more excited to work with our local partners to create a marquee event. The potential of Formula 1 has been well demonstrated over the last several seasons and the Las Vegas GP will only take it to the next level.”
Stefano Domenicali commented, “This is an incredible moment for Formula 1 that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the US. 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 1 to race than in the global entertainment capital of the world and we cannot wait to be here next year. I want to thank everyone who helped deliver this event, especially Governor Sisolak, the Clark County Commission, Steve Hill at the LVCVA, and our local partners.”
Steve Hill said, “We eagerly anticipate the moment when the history, energy and momentum of Formula 1 will culminate in an unforgettable Saturday night on the Las Vegas Strip. Spectators will experience the unrivalled thrill of watching these world-class drivers race through what is sure to become one of the most iconic racetracks in the world. Formula 1 and Liberty Media have been incredible partners, and we look forward to November 2023 when we once again showcase that Las Vegas is ‘The Greatest Arena on Earth’.”