‘That’s part of the game’: Stefano Domenicali not concerned about Las Vegas GP

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is returning this season to host the penultimate round of the 2023 Championship.

In a race against time, this season’s Las Vegas Grand Prix is nearing completion; however, Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has warned that the venue won’t be fully ready until the “last minute”.

The Las Vegas GP is set to be unbelievable, with the race set to boast the latest ever start-time, with it also set to take place on a Saturday.

The circuit itself will feature part of the iconic strip, where the likes of Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton could see themselves crowned as the 2023 World Champion.

Whether the event is a success or not, financially there is a big winner: Las Vegas.

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Domenicali and the event’s CEO Renee Wilm, are expecting the Grand Prix to have an economic impact of £257 million for Las Vegas, with visitor spending predicted to hit an astonishing £786 million.

It is truly set to be an extraordinary event, with everything set to be done to ensure that the circuit and the hospitality venues are completed on time.

“It’s a relatively short timeframe, but Las Vegas knows how to do these big projects,” said Hill.

“We’re going to make sure that it’s done.”

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Whilst it will be ready on time for the penultimate round of the championship, Domenicali is aware that everything will come together “at the last minute”, something he labels as “part of the game”.

“There will be a lot of things that will be ready at the last minute,” Domenicali told KTNV.

“That’s part of the game. But there is an incredible professionality here that we found in the community working with us.”

Domenicali is hoping to return to Las Vegas several times before the race takes place, with his priority being to oversee the 2023 Formula 1 series.

Whilst he’s busy with F1, Wilm will be remaining fully focused on the upcoming event in Las Vegas, which is already starting to come along nicely.

“Construction on the paddock building is in full swing,” said Wilm at Preview Las Vegas.

“Timelines for construction and set-up will vary in each zone depending on installations, but we’re really planning to start the build in earnest as early as June.

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“We do have plans for vehicular bridges, pedestrian walkways, business access points, and we are working very closely with Metropolitan [police] and Fire [rescue departments] to ensure that we’re mitigating traffic and working with our local partners to try to mitigate any inconvenience,” added Wilm.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult, challenging traffic weekend, but we think that the value we’re bringing to the city and the experience we are creating will far outweigh the inconvenience factor.

“We are less than 10 months out, and there is still much to be done. But I am incredibly proud of our amazing team that are working so hard to make this the greatest spectacle in motorsport’s history, if not sport’s overall. And we looking forward to continuing to share new developments and exciting updates as we get closer to race weekend.”