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F1 confirm they will host the Las Vegas Grand Prix next season as the racers prepare for Saturday night’s race along the iconic Strip

FORMULA ONE bosses have confirmed they will host a race in Las Vegas next season.

SunSport broke the news in February that the sport’s owners, Liberty Media, wanted to add a third US race to the calendar in 2023 and had chosen Sin City.

The legendary Las Vegas is to be added to the F1 calendar

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The legendary Las Vegas is to be added to the F1 calendarPhoto credit: Getty
The cars are expected to reach speeds of up to 200 mph around the circuit

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The cars are expected to reach speeds of up to 200 mph around the circuitPhoto credit: AFP

The race takes place at night on a Saturday — not a Sunday — and is expected to take place on November 25, just two days after Thanksgiving.

The track will see F1 Cars hurtle along the Las Vegas Strip, past hotels and casinos in one of the most iconic settings on the calendar.

The track design is 3.8 miles long from start to finish and top speeds are estimated to be in excess of 212 mph.

There will be 50 laps of racing with three main straights and 14 corners, including a high-speed corner sequence and a single chicane.

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Greg Maffei, President and CEO of Liberty Media said: “The legendary Las Vegas and Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, are the perfect marriage of speed and glamour.

“Our confidence in this unique opportunity is reflected in our decision to take on the role of promoter of the Las Vegas Grand Prix in partnership with Live Nation.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with our local partners to create a marquee event.

“The potential of Formula One has been well demonstrated in recent seasons and the Las Vegas GP will only take it to the next level.”

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F1 has attracted a huge following in the US, thanks largely to it Netflix series Drive to Survive..

The Austin, Texas race was a sell-out crowd of 400,000 last year and this year’s Inaugural Miami GP in May A full house is also expected.

Stefano Domenicali, Formula 1 President and CEO added: “This is an incredible moment for Formula 1, demonstrating the tremendous appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the United States.

“Las Vegas is a destination known around the world for its excitement, hospitality, thrills and of course, the famous Strip.

“There is no better place for Formula 1 racing than the global entertainment capital of the world and we can’t wait to be there next year.”

The Vegas race is a huge shot in the arm after the sport drew heavy criticism in Saudi Arabia last weekend.

F1 drivers threatened to boycott the Jeddah race Rocket attack on a fuel depot just six miles from the track.

Drivers and team bosses are set to meet with F1 bosses in the coming weeks discuss the future of the racewhich brings in around £60m a year to the sport.

However, F1 claims it wants to honor its contract with the Saudis, which is believed to have 10 years left.

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The Vegas race and the return of the China GP next year will see the F1 calendar swell to 24 races – the limit currently set in the Concorde Agreement, the tripartite agreement bringing together the teams, the governing body, the FIA ​​​​and the F1 binds, fixed is owner together.

This means the French GP will be forced to make room as his contract with F1 expires.

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