F1 to race in Las Vegas in 2023: report

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Formula 1 has been on the rise lately, with Netflix Drive to survive helping the series connect with new fans and sparking fiery battles rivalries on the way. Much of this growth has occurred in the US market, typically a place where F1 has struggled to gain a foothold in the past. New reports from Front Office Sports suggest the United States could soon hold a third race, with sources saying a Las Vegas Grand Prix could be on the way for 2023.

The history of F1 in America has been full of ups and downs, the low point being when the 2005 United States Grand Prix was held with just six cars on track. In the modern era, the series has found a happier home in Austin, Texas, which hosted the greatest race of all time last year. F1 also added a new race in Miami to the calendar in May.

As for the new event, the race is expected to be a street circuit, winding in and around the Las Vegas Strip, which would allow catwalks on the Strip to be used as viewing platforms. The city is well placed to host an F1 event, with its many hotels and tourist-focused atmosphere that will practically make visiting a Grand Prix one hell of a party.

It wouldn’t be the first time F1 has visited Nevada either. In 1981 and 1982, the Caesars Palace Grand Prix was infamously held on a temporary circuit set up in the parking lot of the Caesar’s Palace hotel. The circuit was wide and with plenty of clearance, good for overtaking, but unlike most tracks it ran counter clockwise. This caused neck strain for many drivers, as most F1 circuits run in the opposite direction. The oppressive heat also made the race an ordeal for competitors, and the layout was considered repetitive and boring for the race.

With a street circuit winding through the heart of the Strip amid the city lights, it seems likely that a new Las Vegas Grand Prix would be a spectacle worthy of the best races on the calendar. The reader has contacted Formula 1 about this and will update this article as more information becomes available.

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