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a third Grand Prix in the United States

Driver Charles Leclerc's Ferrari appeared on a giant screen during the announcement of a new Grand Prix in Las Vegas on March 30.

The American company Liberty Media, which has held the commercial rights to Formula 1 since 2017, has never hidden that it wants to develop the premier category of motorsport in Asia, the Middle East, or even in the United States. On Wednesday March 30, Formula One, the promoter of the F1 championship, announced the creation of a new Grand Prix in Las Vegas starting next year.

The single-seater world championship will thus include, in 2023, three races across the Atlantic: Austin, Texas, has already hosted a Grand Prix since 2012 and from May 8, Miami, Florida will also place a race.

Two F1 Grands Prix had already been contested in Las Vegas, in 1981 and 1982. The future circuit, 6.12 km long, will include 14 bends and three straight lines, with top speeds estimated at over 342 km/h, according to the organizers. The race, scheduled for November, will take place on a Saturday night.

The arrival of this new race “highlights the enormous enthusiasm and excitement of the United States for Formula 1”at a time when discipline “continues to grow its global fan base”, Formula One said in a statement. The series produced by Netflix “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” has been particularly successful in the United States since its launch in 2019.

Only one American team is currently in F1: Haas, which has been involved in the world championship since 2016. Michael Andretti, who is the owner of the Andretti Autosport team, evolving in IndyCar in the United States, would have according to his entourage made a request at the beginning of 2022 to the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to join the championship, in 2024 .

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