Formula 1 is growing fast in America, with the calendar set to feature three races in the USA next year.
Over 400,000 people came to the Circuit of the Americas over the course of the race weekend this year, which was a new F1 record, and the American fans are set to have even more races to attend next year, with Miami joining the calendar this year, and Las Vegas also set to host a Grand Prix next year.
Las Vegas reporter Ron Futrell has now revealed that there will be a launch party in ‘Sin City’ this weekend to celebrate the town’s first ever Grand Prix, with some drivers set to attend.
“Top drivers will be here for ‘F1 Launch Party’ Saturday at Caesars Palace. Sergio Peres from Red Bull and Mercedes’ drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton will be in Vegas this weekend,” he posted on Twitter.
Lewis Hamilton has revealed his excitement for the race, which will take place at night and feature many of the main attractions of the Las Vegas strip, such as the hotels and monuments.
“Knowing that it’s a real party city, it’s difficult for a racing driver! How am I going to focus that weekend? There’s going to be so much going on,” he joked when asked about his thoughts on the F1 grid attending Vegas for a race weekend.
IndyCar and NASCAR have traditionally been the favoured motorsports in the USA, however Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive’ captured the hearts of many American motorsport fans, giving them and insight and understanding of F1 that they previously did not have access to.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has suggested that with the ever growing US audience, three races might still not be enough to satisfy everyone.
“I would say that the Circuit of the Americas is for hardcore fans. They’ve been here now for 10 years and everybody loves to go there. It’s a great race track, great event and a great city.
“Miami is Miami, we had a lot of people this year, more than a lot, and it’s another great event but it was completely different, it was like a big festival. I don’t know what Las Vegas will be but it will be big as well,” he explained.
“We always have to think that the US is a big country and to have three races, it’s still not enough, I believe. There is something for everybody and I think each event has something in particular about it.
“Two of them have done a good job and I’m sure Las Vegas will do a good job as well.”