Drivers’ point of view in Vegas! New video from the Formula 1 Safety Car shows what Lewis Hamilton and co will see on the brand new track

Drivers’ point of view in Vegas!  New video from the Formula 1 Safety Car shows what Lewis Hamilton and co will see on the brand new track

Written by Daniel Matthews for Dailymail.Com

15:22 16 November 2023, updated 15:27 16 November 2023

  • Formula 1 returns to Las Vegas for the first time in 41 years this weekend
  • Drivers will weave between famous hotels and the bright lights of Sin City
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Stunning on-board footage shows the view Formula 1 drivers will enjoy as they zip around the new track in Las Vegas.

The sport returns to Vegas this weekend for the first time in 41 years, with organizers spending $410 million to create an unparalleled spectacle in the desert.

On Thursday, Formula 1 released dashboard camera footage on board the safety car as it made its way around the 3.8-mile track that takes drivers to the famous Sin City sector.

The film shows how drivers will pass under lights that illuminate the names of some of Vegas’ most famous hotels, including the Mirage.

The video also features footage from the sky above Sin City, showing how Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and company will weave around the city in the desert.

They’ll pass the Bellagio and Flamingo on their way up Las Vegas Boulevard before turning left and eventually turning around the state-of-the-art.

New footage shows the view drivers will enjoy as they zip around the track in Las Vegas
Lewis Hamilton and company will pass the famous hotels and bright lights of The Strip in Sin City

Race Week kicked off in earnest on Wednesday with a glittering Super Bowl-style opening ceremony, which saw John Legend and Kylie Minogue among a number of high-profile performers perform in a dazzling 30-minute show.

The penultimate round of the season has been billed as the greatest show on Earth, but world champion Verstappen has attacked the event.

“99% of it is a show and 1% is a sporting event,” the 26-year-old said. “I was standing there, looking like a clown.

“I think they (F1) are still making money whether I like it or not. So it’s not up to me. But I’m not going to fake it. I express my opinion on the positive things and the negative things.

The route takes drivers up Las Vegas Boulevard and passes through modern field
“99 percent is the show and 1 percent is the sporting events,” said world champion Max Verstappen.

“This is what I am.” And you know, some people like the show a little bit more. I don’t like it at all.

“I grew up looking only at the performance side of things. And that’s the way I see it, too. I’d love to be in Vegas, but not for the racing.”

The Dutchman was criticized by rival Hamilton, who said: “I heard there are a lot of people complaining about the direction (F1 CEO) Stefano (Domenicali) and Liberty have gone.” But they do a great job.

“The sport is continuing to grow. It’s a business and you’ll still see good racing here. It’s a country that can be tapped into and really capture the public’s attention.”

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