Formula One makes its highly-anticipated return to Las Vegas this weekend in its biggest bid yet to finally crack America.
F1 last visited Sin City during two flop races in Caesars Palace’s car park in 1981 and 82 but they’re prepared to roll the dice again.
This time, a 1.4-mile stretch of the iconic Las Vegas Boulevard – more commonly known as the Strip – will be fully taken over by motorsport’s elite drivers.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has predicted the Grand Prix will feel more like a Super Bowl than a race as Max Verstappen bids to become first driver to win three times in a country in a single season following wins in Miami and Austin.
“I’m pretty confident that the event in Vegas will be not only a spectacle off track,” Horner told the media.
“And certainly from what we’re seeing in the build-up to the race is more akin to a Super Bowl than a Grand Prix. I think it’s going to be a hell of a show for Formula 1.
“But the most important thing is that it delivers as a sporting spectacle and it produces a great race. The amount of interest that there is in the US is phenomenal, and I think that we really need to deliver to make sure that we capitalise on that interest.”
Las Vegas GP: Date and UK start time
The race weekend at the Las Vegas Street Circuit will take place from Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19.
F1’s return to Nevada will arrive with a standardised weekend complete with three practice sessions, qualifying and the race.
There is an eight-hour time different between Las Vegas and the UK meaning that the night-time sessions on The Strip will be early mornings for fans on home soil.
Practice One will kickstart Friday’s action at 4:30am, before a second session follows later at 8am (midnight local time).
Practice Three will be shown at 4:30am on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying at a more agreeable showing at 8am.
Light’s Out for the Grand Prix will take place at 10pm local time (the latest-ever for a Grand Prix), which is 6am UK time on Sunday.
Las Vegas GP: TV channel and live stream
The race weekend will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1.
Coverage of the race is scheduled to begin at 4:30am on Sunday.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
You can also purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £11.98 while Channel Four will broadcast highlights later in the evening.
Fern Buckley will have updates from Vegas live on talkSPORT.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.
You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
Las Vegas GP: What has been said?
This weekend’s race is starting two hours later than F1’s longest-established night race in Singapore.
Former F1 chief Ross Brawn told talkSPORT that the sport may have miscalculated the risks posed, with temperatures for Thursday-Saturday are forecast to dip to 10-13 degrees Celsius during the evenings.
“The one thing we hadn’t considered initially but the tyre company have dealt with is it gets very, very cold at night,” former F1 team principal Brawn told talkSPORT.
“So, it can be really quite cold, and of course getting the cars to work in those temperatures can be a challenge.
“The tyre companies have done some work to make sure the tyres can cope with that. We’re definitely facing some new challenges which we’ve never had before, but I think it’ll be spectacular.”
Las Vegas GP: Starting grid
- Charles Leclerc / Ferrari
- Carlos Sainz / Ferrari
- Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing
- George Russell / Mercedes
- Pierre Gasly / Alpine
- Alexander Albon / Williams
- Logan Sargeant / Williams
- Valtteri Bottas / Alfa Romeo
- Kevin Magnussen / Haas
- Fernando Alonso / Aston Martin
- Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes
- Sergio Perez / Red Bull Racing
- Nico Hulkenberg / Haas
- Lance Stroll / Aston Martin
- Daniel Ricciardo / Alphatauri
- Lando Norris / McLaren
- Esteban Ocon / Alpine
- Zhou Guanyu / Alfa Romeo
- Oscar Piastri / McLaren
- Yuki Tsunoda / Alphatauri
Las Vegas GP: Driver standings
Driver / Car / Points
- Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing / 524 CHAMPION
- Sergio Perez / Red Bull Racing / 258
- Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes / 226
- Fernando Alonso / Aston Martin / 198
- Lando Norris / McLaren / 195
- Carlos Sainz / Ferrari / 192
- Charles Leclerc / Ferrari / 170
- George Russell / Mercedes / 156
- Oscar Piastri / McLaren / 87
- Lance Stroll / Aston Martin / 63
- Pierre Gasly / Alpine / 62
- Esteban Ocon / Alpine / 46
- Alexander Albon / Williams / 27
- Yuki Tsunoda / Alphatauri / 13
- Valtteri Bottas / Alfa Romeo / 10
- Nico Hulkenberg / Haas / 9
- Daniel Ricciardo / Alphatauri / 6
- Zhou Guanyu / Alfa Romeo / 6
- Kevin Magnussen / Haas / 3
- Liam Lawson / Alphatauri / 2
- Logan Sargeant / Williams / 1
- Nyck De Vries / Alphatauri / 0 OUT
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