Double or Nothing for F1 in Las Vegas – 2023 Las Vegas GP Preview – Inside Line F1 Podcast

Double or Nothing for F1 in Las Vegas - 2023 Las Vegas GP Preview - Inside Line F1 Podcast


Formula 1’s most-hyped Grand Prix in history is here – the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix. Yes, we mean in history. In fact, this race could change the course of Formula 1’s business in the future. It’s the first time that Liberty Media turns ‘race promoter’ for a Formula 1 race. 

The 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix is so much more than just Formula 1. Fans will experience engagement and entertainment like never before. This race does have a 5-day paddock pass because there are activities spread over five days – from Wednesday to Sunday.

Did you know? Formula 1 is hosting a post-race ‘recovery brunch’ on Sunday. No, it’s not for the drivers, who will race at odd-hours of the day and in cold temperatures. It’s for the (paying) fans and patrons. 

The 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix will be the longest race in terms of lap distance @ 309.9 kms. We harbour a guess as to why the long distance and yes, it is got to do something with the number of laps for the Grand Prix.

On Tuesday, there’s the ‘Swing to Survive’ golf tournament between Formula 1 drivers (Gasly, Albon, Sainz and Norris) and golf stars. Wednesday will see a grand opening ceremony followed by Thursday-Friday-Saturday of on-track action. Yes, the race is on a Saturday so bring back all your on-track action by a day!

Will the cold weather bother Pirelli’s ever-so-sensitive tyres? Will the high-speed circuit configuration favour a few teams over the others? Will reliability be an issue for the power units? And yes, can Lewis Hamilton out-score Sergio Perez by 6 points to keep his hopes for P2 in the Drivers’ Championship alive?

(Season 2023, Episode 61)

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Image courtesy: F1 Las Vegas on Twitter


Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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