F1’s dream of hosting the Las Vegas race gets closer after positive talks at the weekend’s United States Grand Prix … with hopes of adding it to the calendar starting in 2023
- Nevada representatives met up with F1’s Stefano Domenicali at the US Grand Prix.
- The Las Vegas delegation received VIP treatment and was taken behind the scenes.
- Sunday’s 140,000 spectators watched an exciting race won by Max Verstappen.
- There is an eye on adding the new race to the calendar ideally starting in 2023
Formula One’s dream of hosting an iconic grand prix in Las Vegas became closer to reality over the weekend with the sport’s bosses sitting down to chat with local promoters.
Sportsmail understands that Nevada representatives met with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali during the successful US Grand Prix in Austin with the goal of adding the new race to the calendar ideally beginning in 2023.
The Las Vegas delegation received VIP treatment and was taken backstage to see how the event unfolds.
They could only have been encouraged by Sunday’s crowd of 140,000 who watched an exciting race won by Max Verstappen, who extended his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 12 points with five rounds remaining.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak confirmed: “I had the opportunity to speak with the leaders of F1 and I appreciate their time.” Despite the momentum, there are several hurdles to overcome before closing any deal.
One is F1’s insistence on organizing the race on the famous Strip. Nowhere else will it suffice.
There is also the painful story of the four years it took to make Miami’s career a reality in the face of opposition from local residents. Miami will finally join the calendar next May.
Holding a third race in America for the first time since 1982 is a declared ambition of F1 owners Liberty Media. A grand prix was held in Las Vegas that year, but the event in the Caesars Palace hotel parking lot was something of a flop, making the Strip site even more important.
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has asked his team to work 24/7 to give the defending champion the car he needs to beat Verstappen in the last five races. of the season, which continues in Mexico City for a week on Sunday.
With 130 points to play for, he said: ‘I don’t think there is a particular pattern of which car suits which track. We just have to push and push and push. ‘