On-Board Thrills: Formula One Returns to Vegas with a $410 Million Track Transformation

Formula One’s Spectacular Return to Las Vegas

Formula One is set to make a triumphant return to Las Vegas after a 41-year hiatus, promising a spectacle unlike any other in the desert.

Organizers have spared no expense, investing a staggering $410 million to create an unrivaled racing experience against the backdrop of Sin City’s iconic hotels and bright lights.

Thrilling On-Board Preview of the Vegas Track

Ahead of the highly anticipated event, Formula One released stunning on-board footage, offering a glimpse of the breathtaking view drivers will enjoy as they navigate the new 3.8-mile track.

The dash-cam clips from the safety car showcase the drivers weaving through the famous Strip, passing under lights that illuminate the names of renowned hotels like The Mirage.

A Dazzling Route Through Sin City

The track winds its way down Las Vegas Boulevard, with drivers passing landmarks such as the Bellagio and Flamingo.

The spectacle continues as they turn left, eventually wrapping around the state-of-the-art Sphere. The visual extravaganza is not limited to the ground, as aerial footage captures the mesmerizing route around Sin City from the skies above.

Grand Opening Ceremony Sets the Stage

Race week kicked off with a Superbowl-style opening ceremony, adding a touch of glamour to the event. High-profile artists, including John Legend and Kylie Minogue, dazzled the audience with performances in a 30-minute show.

The penultimate round of the season is being hailed as the “greatest show on earth.”

Verstappen’s Critique: “99% Show, 1% Sporting Event”

Despite the grandeur, world champion Max Verstappen expressed his dissatisfaction with the event, labeling it as “99% show and one per cent sporting event.”

The 26-year-old criticized the emphasis on spectacle, stating, “I was just standing up there, looking like a clown.” Verstappen’s comments sparked a response from rival Lewis Hamilton, who praised Formula One’s growth and the captivating racing experiences it continues to deliver.

Hamilton’s Perspective: Acknowledging Growth and Audience Engagement

Hamilton countered the criticism, acknowledging the efforts of F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and Liberty in steering the sport’s direction.

He commended their work, noting that despite some complaints, Formula One is thriving as a business and continues to attract and captivate audiences. The racing legend emphasized the importance of tapping into the American audience, highlighting the ongoing success of the sport.

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