Get ready for a night race down the Las Vegas strip.
The rumor about a third Formula 1 race in the USA turned out to be true. Formula 1 confirmed the all-new Las Vegas Grand Prix yesterday, which means the USA will now host three Grands Prix per season. That's more than any other country in the world.
We expected as much, given Formula 1's ever-growing popularity in America. F1 is also owned by an American company, and there is an American team on the grid with the possibility of a second joining in the near future.
The location also makes sense. Las Vegas is America's biggest adult playground, and the city's layout is perfect for a street circuit. It's also the only race on the West Coast, with the Miami Grand Prix on the East Coast and the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix will not replace the canceled Russian race this year, however. Instead, the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix is scheduled to take place in November 2023.
To be honest, we're even more excited about the above date. That's extremely close to when the season usually ends. Will the Las Vegas Grand Prix be the final race of the season? The teaser trailer does include the words, "winner takes all..."
Las Vegas is undoubtedly a fitting location for such a spectacle. Will the 2023 world champion get drunk and try to climb the Eiffel Tower? One can only hope.
Las Vegas is well known as a city of excess. It's a more modern version of the Monaco Grand Prix, but without the dock. You'll spot various ultra-exclusive machines like the Bugatti Chiron and Bentley Bacalar on any day of the year. Everyone wants to be the center of attention, making it a car spotters' dream destination.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix will incorporate the famous Las Vegas strip and famous landmarks in the city including Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, and the Venetian. You'll want to book a spot right now if you want the best view in the city.
The layout is exciting and undoubtedly favors fast cars. 50 laps of the 3.8-mile circuit will be completed, comprising only 14 turns. But, most of them are high speed. According to F1's bosses, the Las Vegas Grand Prix will match Monza when it comes to average speed. That's quite a bold statement since the famous Temple of Speed is by far the fastest race on the calendar.
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is currently the fastest street circuit, but it's a circuit we've been openly critical of for being dangerously fast with little room for error. Let's hope the good people of Las Vegas learn from Saudi Arabia's mistakes and give us some good wheel-to-wheel action instead of carnage.