Las Vegas Strip F1 race announcement ‘imminent’

An official announcement regarding a Formula 1 race on the Las Vegas Strip is “imminent”, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

With talks between local and F1 officials since last year, the person said a race taking place in Las Vegas was “very real”. With the 2022 F1 calendar already set, the race could take place in 2023 at the earliest.

Plans tentatively include pilots racing in and around the Strip, including areas around the Bellagio and further north. Portions of Las Vegas Boulevard would be temporarily closed to accommodate the race.

Earlier this year, this same person noted that the race would not be a one-off race and that the Las Vegas race is likely to become the flagship race for F1 in the United States.

The abundance of pedestrian bridges that cross the Strip at multiple points is seen as a valuable asset to the race, the person noted. They would provide prime locations for spectators to watch the race and eliminate the need for F1 to build temporary viewing structures.

F1 would be responsible for temporary road improvements, including sealing sewer manholes and adding concrete barriers along Las Vegas Boulevard.

The race would mark the first time Las Vegas has hosted a Formula 1 race since a 1981-82 race held in the parking lot of Caesars Palace.

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