Chicago GP Organizers Mock Las Vegas GP’s ‘Show’ as Plans to Make ‘European-Esque’ F1 History Get Revealed

Published 02/11/2024, 7:34 AM EST

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The United States has been building its Formula One foundations in the country as Vegas becomes the 11th city to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix in the US. Now reports are starting to show up stating that the next city in line is Chicago. As America expands its arms towards Formula 1, rumors of Chicago doing things differently have started to surface.

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The organizers have taken the recent Las Vegas GP as an example and decided to go the opposite way. Recent reports showcase the organizer’s plans to step away from the American way of hosting F1 events and focus on the races instead of putting up a show.

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The reports are brought to light by the X-based news handle Fastest Pitstop, which has shed light on the organizer’s plans to make the Chicago GP more about the race. They spoke about how the Chicago Grand Prix will be “European-esque” and the rumored Street Track will feature many elements of European tracks.

Prioritizing the race and working on making the Grand Prix highly competitive. The reports state that the track will circle around Soldier Field Stadium. It will feature a mix of high-speed and agility-testing roads for the drivers. According to the post on X, “[The Chicago Track] consists of a general mix of low, medium, and high-speed corners, even though the organizers aim to prioritize the medium-speed ones to optimize overtaking opportunities.”

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The Chicago organizers have expressed their views on the flashy nature of the Vegas and Miami GPs, indicating it’s not the direction they aim to pursue. They noted the challenges faced by local citizens during the Vegas GP due to poor planning. With this in mind, there’s hope that Chicago can host a US Grand Prix in the future, intending for it to become a lasting tradition rather than a one-off event.

The troubles that came with the Las Vegas GP

2023 was the third year that Formula One made its way to Las Vegas. Although the return came after a long break since 1982, fans were excited to see the fastest machines race around parts of the Las Vegas strip. The race was spectacular with Max Verstappen taking home the win but on the other hand, the locals of the city were not pleased.

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Many complaints from residents of Las Vegas were brought to notice, with many asking for action to be taken. Formula 1 and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) have agreed to address these concerns. Randy Markin and Mimmo Ferraro were two businessmen who were affected heavily due to the construction work for the track. The two citizens voiced their concerns and the teams behind the event have taken responsibility for the damages.

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Business owners reported significant financial losses, with one owner attributing up to $5 million in losses due to construction and closures related to the F1 event. Another business reported a $2 million hit despite being only an eighth of a mile from the F1 track. The Formula One team has expressed their desire to continue hosting the Grand Prix in Vegas, but in a way that will not disrupt the workflow and lives of locals.

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That being said, do you think the Chicago circuit will be able to replace Las Vegas or Miami to be the star Grand Prix location in the United States? Let us know your thoughts below.

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