Los Angeles (AFP) – Forty years later, Las Vegas (Nevada) will once again stage the Formula 1 Grand Prix in the 2023 season, adding a third Test in the United States alongside those in Miami and Austin, organizers announced Wednesday.
“The race will take place on Saturday night in November on the famous Las Vegas Strip and passes some of the most famous venues, hotels and casinos in the world,” Formula One said in a statement.
Las Vegas has already hosted two Formula 1 Grand Prix races in 1981 and 1982.
This ranking is further evidence of the growing popularity of Formula 1 in the United States, a country that already owns IndyCar and Nascar motorsports.
This year’s Miami Grand Prix (May 8) will feature on the Formula 1 calendar, while the Austin Grand Prix (October 23) has been held since 2012.
Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1: “This is an incredible moment for Formula 1 racing and demonstrates the immense appeal of our sport and its growth with a third race in the United States.”
“Las Vegas is a destination known around the world for its enthusiasm, hospitality, passion and of course, the famous strip,” Domenicali said, pointing to an emblematic avenue filled with hotels and casinos.
In Las Vegas, drivers will complete 50 laps of a 6.12-kilometre circuit, with 14 bends and three straights, reaching top speeds of more than 342 km/h, according to the organizers.
The announcement of this new test comes when the calendar for the 2022 season already includes 23 Grand Prix races.
Although many of the races this year are not guaranteed continuity in 2023 – especially the French Grand Prix – Domenicali advanced in early March from having “access to 24” Grands Prix in a single season.
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