The Formula 1 Grand Prix in Las Vegas begins with the opening ceremony

The Formula 1 Grand Prix in Las Vegas begins with the opening ceremony

Las Vegas hosts a Formula 1 Grand Prix for the first time in 41 years this weekend. The multi-day event kicked off on November 15 with a lavish opening ceremony that included musical performances and a drone display, and the teams are now training in preparation for the big race.

The music blared and the lights flashed as an announcer introduced the 20 drivers who will compete in the race on Saturday, November 18 – exactly the kind of opening ceremony you’d expect from a major event held in Sin City. It wasn’t just about the races: in addition to the fireworks, the party saw concerts by Kylie Minogue, Keith Urban and the Blue Man group. The ceremony was attended by about 30,000 fans.

Now that the party is over, the teams focus on the next race. The schedule includes three training sessions:

  • Thursday, November 16 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Friday 17 November from 12pm to 1am
  • Friday, November 17 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

All times are local Pacific Standard Time (PST), which means you need to add three hours to convert to Eastern Standard Time (EST). The qualifying session is scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 18, from 12 noon until 1 am, and the race begins at 10 pm on the same day.

The first Formula 1 Grand Prix held in Las Vegas since Ronald Reagan was in the White House promises to be exciting. The race will take place on public roads, including the famous Strip (officially known as Las Vegas Boulevard), and drivers will speed past some of the city’s most emblematic landmarks, such as the Bellagio and Venetian hotels. The 3.85-mile track includes 17 turns and a 1.18-mile straight, and organizers expect average speeds during the 50-lap race to match those reached on the historic Monza track in Italy.

Even the weather will (mostly) cooperate. At the time of writing, the forecast indicates that the sky will be partly cloudy, with a high of 68 degrees and a low of 48 degrees.

You’re in luck if you can’t make it to the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix, because you won’t need to wait more than four decades to see another race. City officials signed a 10-year contract with Formula 1, so the Las Vegas Grand Prix will be held annually until at least 2033.

Here’s a link to the official F1 video of the opening ceremony, which, like all F1 videos, will take you to the YouTube version:

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