“No relation to F1”: PlanetF1

“No relation to F1”: PlanetF1

Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has criticized the upcoming Las Vegas Grand Prix, claiming the event has “nothing to do with Formula 1”.

With Formula 1 already visiting Miami and Austin in 2023, Vegas will host the sport’s third and final trip to the United States this weekend as the penultimate round of the season.

The inaugural race on the new street circuit, which will embrace the famous Las Vegas Strip, has been billed as a major event in Liberty Media’s ownership of Formula 1 since it took control of the sport in 2017. Long-serving CEO Ecclestone was sacked shortly after the takeover of Liberty was completed.

Bernie Ecclestone criticizes the Las Vegas Grand Prix

This will not be the first time Formula 1 races have been held in Vegas, as Caesars Palace hosted two Grand Prix races in 1981 and 1982. The event proved widely unpopular, with the circuit being likened to a car park and described as one of the worst tracks in the world. Formula 1 history.

Despite masterminding Formula 1’s first visit to Nevada in more than four decades, Ecclestone claimed he had no appetite for this weekend’s race.

He told Dutch publication NOS: “I’m not really looking forward to it. Why not? It has nothing to do with Formula 1.”

Ecclestone – who is credited with taking the sport to new emerging markets in Asia including Bahrain, China and Singapore at the turn of the century – also expressed his pride that Formula 1 continues to expand into different parts of the world. The 2024 Formula 1 schedule includes a record 24 races, with China returning to the calendar for the first time since 2019.

Ecclestone said: “I’m happy that the sport is continuing to develop around the world. I’m the one who brought Formula 1 out of Europe and into the rest of the world.

He added: “We are competing for the World Championship, not the European Championship. It is good that this remains the case.”

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As a night race in mid-November, the Las Vegas GP is expected to be one of the coldest events in Formula 1 history with temperatures dropping to eight degrees Celsius according to current forecasts.

Qualifying in Nevada is scheduled to begin at midnight local time, with the race taking place at 10 pm on Saturday.

Three-time world champion Max Verstappen is aiming for a hat-trick of victories for the US in 2023, after winning in Miami and Austin earlier this season.

Verstappen won both rounds despite losing pole position, qualifying ninth in Florida and sixth in Texas.

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