F1 drivers excited for Las Vegas but concerned about future of historic racing | F1

Finally, last month F1 announced it would be returning to Las Vegas for a night race in 2023.

The brand new 6.12km track will feature the famous Las Vegas Strip with F1 cars driving past famous casinos such as the Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace – making it one of the most important events of the season.

The addition of Vegas means there will now be three races in America on the calendar, alongside Miami (which hosts its inaugural race next month) and Austin.

According to various reports, Belgium, Monaco, France and Mexico are all under threat next year, with Vegas, Qatar and China all expected to be there.

Ahead of the Australian GP weekend, Sainz has suggested a possible solution in response to the ever expanding F1 calendar.

“Obviously a big fan of having to go to Miami and Vegas, but at the same time a big loss if I have to lose classic European races I think,” said Sainz. “Hopefully for the future we can find a compromise where races that cannot afford to be on the calendar year after year can be on the calendar once every two years, once every three years. You know? And we keep coming back to the places we’ve always been.

“Business is business. Liberty and Formula 1 will look at what they need to do, I think for business, but I don’t want to stop racing in Europe. I think it’s a great place to race , it’s our heritage and I think we have to keep coming back, even if it’s not every year, but at least keep it on the calendar.”

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has asked the sports bosses to agree on a “limit”.

“There are some positive aspects of taking Formula 1 to new countries and discovering these new races,” said Alonso. “I think Las Vegas, for example, will be very exciting. And Miami and those kind of weekends.

“On the other hand I think we have to be careful with the number of races, which I think we should agree on a limit because I think it’s quite demanding for the teams as the schedule and the calendar is now, especially that we don’t have that many races in Europe anymore. I think that’s the only concern when we add more races.”

Alpine team-mate Esteban Ocon admitted he was concerned to hear the future of the French GP was in jeopardy.

The Circuit Paul Ricard only entered the F1 calendar in 2018.

“Well I’m really excited to be discovering new tracks but yes, seeing the French Grand Prix in jeopardy I’ll definitely do everything I can to comment on it and try to keep it on the calendar ‘ added Ocon. “Of course, when I started with Formula 1, the Grand Prix wasn’t there yet. It was rumored to come back and it did and you know we’ve had so many good moments there with the French fans and yes it’s very special going there every year.

“Well I mean I don’t know what the exact situation is but I’m not pleased to hear it’s threatened at the moment and I’ll do everything I can to keep it on the calendar.

Hamilton also demands South Africa

Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton welcomed the inclusion of Las Vegas but still wants South Africa to be included.

F1 does not currently have a race in Africa, with Kylami being the most likely venue to host an F1 Grand Prix in the future.

“I find it amazing that we are bridging the relationship we have now, three races on one continent; I think it’s going to be great,” Hamilton said. “I think it will be good for business. I think Vegas will be a great addition.

“I haven’t seen the track layout so I don’t really know what that’s going to be like but I’m just there and the spectacle and I imagine it’s probably going to be a night race, maybe another night race. yes we welcome it But what I really want to see is South Africa. That’s what I want to hear next, that’s announced.”

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