Formula 1 is making a thrilling return to Las Vegas after 40 years. This grand comeback is set to light up the city with a blend of high-speed thrills and the vibrant energy of Sin City.
What we’re watching:
– The highly anticipated event marking F1’s return to the world’s gambling capital.
– A modern spectacle that combines the adrenaline rush of motorsport with the glamour of Las Vegas.
– A race that revives a legacy started in the early ’80s at the iconic Caesars Palace Hotel.
– An opportunity for F1 to tap into a “new market” and engage a fresh audience.
Back in the day, the idea of racing in Las Vegas seemed outlandish. The city’s first encounter with F1 involved racing around a rather dull parking lot. The 2.2-mile track, crammed into a 75-acre lot next to the Caesars Palace Hotel, lacked any natural landmarks or features.
However, the race did have its moments. The inaugural event in 1981 was a title decider between three drivers. Unfortunately, the race ended in disappointment for the favorite, Carlos Reutemann, due to a stubborn gearbox. The following year saw another title-decider race, this time between Keke Rosberg and John Watson, with Rosberg taking the victory.
Despite these memorable moments, the event failed to draw large crowds and was subsequently dropped from the F1 calendar. It seemed like what happened in Vegas would indeed stay in Vegas.