After greater than 40 years away, F1 is again in Sin Metropolis. Solely this time, the race isn’t in a lodge automobile park…

It’s lastly right here! A yr and a half after it was introduced, the Las Vegas Grand Prix takes place this weekend a mere 4 a long time after F1 equipment was final raced in what’s principally the glitziest desert on the globe.

You must rewind all the best way again to 1982 for the final of two Caesars Palace GPs that fashioned a part of the F1 world championship, held as they had been on a makeshift observe within the titular lodge’s automobile park. The occasion was not a hit.

Issues have modified although: this time F1 will race on a way more expansive (although not significantly inspiring) structure that expenses down the well-known Las Vegas Strip and trots previous the just lately opened, LED-screen clad Sphere venue.

U2 is pausing its residency there as a result of dwell music and a grid filled with 1,000bhp race automobiles don’t combine terribly nicely… may this enable Bono to fulfill the actual Bono of Lewis Hamilton race engineering legend?

It’s a pity each world championships are already completed and dusted, however 4 groups – Ferrari, Alpine, Williams and Pink Bull – have rocked up with one-off liveries, and the truth that that is a wholly new observe might make for a chaotic race weekend.

The timetable is a bit uncommon (extra on that beneath), and the observe circumstances are set to be on the chilly aspect (once more, extra element additional down), however set in opposition to town’s lights it ought to look spectacular.

Let’s hope the racing lives as much as expectations too…

What time is the Las Vegas GP? And what time is qualifying?

Proper, weirdness alert: the Las Vegas Grand Prix really begins at 10pm on Saturday native time. Sure, Saturday. Meaning UK viewers might want to tune in at 6am on Sunday 19 November for the start of the race. Confused? Organisers needed this to be an evening race and holding it then ought to restrict site visitors disruption… so that is the result.

Qualifying will start at 8am UK time on Saturday 18 November, or midnight (!) should you’re fortunate sufficient to be on the town for the race. Vegas is a 24-hour metropolis in any case.

What’s the climate going to be like?

Erm, chilly. An eventuality that reviews counsel F1 bosses didn’t see coming. Highs of twenty-two levels Celsius are predicted over the race weekend, however that’s through the day. At evening – when the entire motion takes place – we might see that drop to single figures, which has big ramifications for stuff like tyre temperature and the motive force’s capability to remain out of the partitions. Hmm…

It’s not set to rain not less than, which is one much less headache for the groups to cope with.

The place is the Las Vegas GP going down?

Er, you’ve seen the identify of the race proper? Oh, you imply the place in Vegas. Our dangerous. The Las Vegas GP is being held proper within the coronary heart of town, together with the world-famous Strip which is the place all the massive casinos and that half-size Eiffel Tower are positioned.

F1 has additionally constructed (at nice expense, to the tune of a whole lot of thousands and thousands of kilos) its personal everlasting pit constructing, which is able to function a year-round hub for the game within the metropolis in addition to garages for all of the groups. The times of packing everybody into Manufacturers Hatch are lengthy gone, aren’t they?

What number of laps is the Las Vegas GP?

The observe is 6.2km (3.85mi) lengthy, and so we’ll get 50 laps to succeed in the 300km-plus-a-smidge-more race distance that makes up a grand prix. The structure consists of 17 corners, though in actuality there are a trio of slow-speed sections interlinked by some flat-out straights. Additionally there are two DRS zones, so hopefully we gained’t get a Monaco-esque procession…

Who’s going to win the Las Vegas GP?

Effectively, Pink Bull has gained 19 of the 20 races thus far this season and Max Verstappen has triumphed in 17 of these. So if the three-time world champion doesn’t win right here it’ll be one thing of a shock.

That mentioned, the groups head into the race with no knowledge in any respect, which might make it difficult to search out the optimum set-up and subsequently shake up the order. Additionally, Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez is one thing of a demon on avenue tracks, having gained in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan earlier this yr.

Behind Pink Bull, who is aware of which of Aston Martin, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes fare finest. Ferrari gained on the final avenue venue in Singapore, so let’s pencil them in as Pink Bull’s largest risk.

How can I watch the Las Vegas GP?

By not being in Las Vegas, apparently. Until you’ve obtained a ticket, F1 has gone to nice lengths to make sure that informal spectators will discover it nearly unattainable to get a glimpse of the observe by shrouding the entire public walkways. There are good security causes for that, after all, however nonetheless… that’s a bit stingy, no?

UK viewers have the same old choices of a Sky Sports activities membership to entry its F1 channel, or streaming mentioned F1 channel by way of a NowTV subscription. If the highlights will do – and given the 6am begin, let’s assume they are going to – Channel 4 will broadcast these from 12.30pm on Sunday. In the meantime, quali’s round-up might be proven from 11.40am on Saturday.

For those who actually should digest the motion dwell even and not using a display screen, BBC Radio 5 Reside and Radio 5 Sports activities Further will share dwell commentary of all classes over the grand prix weekend.

What’s the High Gear view on the Las Vegas GP?

Bit difficult to reply this one having by no means witnessed any racing on this new structure, however from an enormous image standpoint, the Las Vegas Grand Prix is a vital addition to the F1 calendar that offers it one other stake within the floor in a US market that’s scorching for F1 proper now. No matter what you consider the race or the observe, it’s an indication that F1 is in good well being and that the long-term prospects for the game are stable. Bear in mind issues seemed quite bleak when Covid introduced all the things crashing down.

In the meantime Las Vegas itself seems made to host F1: like Monaco it trades on that high-spending, YOLO vibe, and the game ought to be capable of placed on a spectacular showcase observe. First although, it must ship on observe…

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