Formula 1: Huge announcement ends 38-year drought

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Formula 1 (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Formula 1 (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images) /

Formula 1 announced earlier this week that a street race will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada for the first time since 1982, and that wasn’t the only thing that got fans talking.

After months of speculation, Formula 1 finally confirmed the addition of a third race in the United States to the 2023 schedule earlier this week.

In addition to traveling to Circuit of the Americas and Hard Rock Stadium for races in Austin, Texas and Miami, Florida, Formula 1 is set to travel to the famous Las Vegas Strip for a race in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Formula 1 has raced in Las Vegas before, but this race is set to be contested at a much different track. The Caesars Palace Grand Prix was contested around a 14-turn, 2.268-mile (3.650-kilometer) parking lot circuit in 1981 and 1982. It left the Formula 1 schedule and became a CART race in 1983 and 1984.

The circuit for next year’s race is a 14-turn, 3.8-mile (6.116-kilometer) temporary street circuit.

But in addition to marking Formula 1’s return to Las Vegas for the first time in over four decades, this return is also set to end a drought that includes every single Formula 1 race contested over the course of more than 38 seasons.

This race is scheduled to take place on a Saturday night around Thanksgiving. While the official date was not announced, the race will likely take place on either Saturday, November 18 or Saturday, November 25, with Thanksgiving being on Thursday, November 23.

It will likely be incorporated in Formula 1’s late season trip to the Americas, which should also include races in Mexico and Brazil.

But not since the 1985 season has a race been contested on a Saturday.

The last time a Formula 1 race was contested on a Saturday was on October 19, 1985, when the South African Grand Prix took place at Kyalami Circuit.

Since then, 640 races have been contested, including two so far in 2022. By the end of the 23-race 2022 season, that number is slated to be 661.

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With the Las Vegas race scheduled to take place toward the end of the 2023 season, that number will likely be in the 680 range by the time it takes place and ends a streak of more than 38 years.