Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali: Racing at night in Vegas is too appealing not to

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said in Las Vegas on Friday that the spectacle of nighttime racing on the famous Las Vegas Strip, with resorts in the background, was too enticing for his racing circuit to enjoy. let happen.

“That has always been my and our intention,” Domenicali said of hosting the Formula 1 race in Las Vegas, scheduled for November 16-18, 2023. “If you come to Vegas, you know the attachment emotional to have the race overnight. I think we’re going to have this full-scale magic. … I’m already seeing the foreground of the Saturday night race opener. It’s going to be just amazing. The lighting, the intensity of what Vegas is on the Strip. I would say this will be the picture of 2023.”

Las Vegas is set to get its first taste of Formula 1 on the Strip on Saturday night.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix Fan Fest will kick off general ticket sales later that night. The free one-day event is expected to include a live car demonstration on Las Vegas Boulevard with several drivers including F1 star Lewis Hamilton.

The process of landing the race on the Strip didn’t happen overnight. F1 executives had their eyes on Las Vegas long before formal talks began last fall with Las Vegas-area officials.

“Vegas has been on the F1 radar for a very long time, given the marquee nature of the city,” Las Vegas Grand Prix CEO Renee Wilm said on Friday. “When we saw how successful the city had been in bringing the sport to this geography, we really thought it was the perfect time to continue the adventure.”

Plans for the 3.8-mile, 50-lap race are centered around the Strip, with the MGM Zone, a fan zone to be built above the Bellagio fountains, Domenicali confirmed. Race officials expect around 100,000 people to attend each day of the three-day race weekend next November.

The other main hub on race day will be the paddock area, which will be built on 40 acres of F1 land purchased for $240 million at the northeast corner of Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane. This is where the start/finish line, pit crews and premium viewing areas will be located. The building is expected to span three football fields and feature 300,000 square feet of event space.

“A super exclusive VIP experience, which sits at the top of our scale,” said Wilm. “Throughout the year, we will be looking to activate ownership, through many types of strategies. It will be an F1 branded building and we have had great interest in talking with our local and global sponsors about the different types of activations we may see throughout the year.

With F1 signage already located throughout Caesars Palace, where the fan fest will take place on Saturday, Domenicali is excited to set the wheels in motion towards next year’s inaugural race.

“I just got to town and I see the energy. You can feel it,” he said. “It’s a good start to what we can really build on. An event that I would say is an amplifier and I would say an acceleration of what F1 is in the United States”

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