Nevada Governor Drops a Major Hint Over Potential Las Vegas F1 Race

Published 10/30/2021, 9:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 22, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during practice REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


In the last couple of years, the popularity of F1 around the American continent has risen to a whole new level, and the response was blatant at the United States Grand Prix last weekend. And to suffice the fans’ need, F1 is starting to encourage more races in the home of NASCAR and IndyCar.

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The first on the list is Miami; F1 recently announced that the debut Miami Grand Prix race will take place in May 2022, making it the second Formula 1 event around the United States. Now, there are talks going on over the inclusion of a third race in the country.

Prior to the race weekend at COTA, there was an interesting rumor going around. Apparently, F1 owners were expecting a group of executives from Las Vegas to visit the US GP.

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Oct 24, 2021; Austin, TX, USA; A view of the military flyover before the start of the United States Grand Prix Race at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

However, it wasn’t necessarily to initiate talks over a street race in the city of Nevada but to look around COTA and get an idea about how an F1 race works. The consideration part comes later. Well, the ‘later’ part has inched closer. It is no longer a rumor, as the governor of Nevada affirmed holding talks with the F1 bosses.

F1 race in Las Vegas?

Nevada’s governor, Steve Sisolak, revealed that the state is starting to attract more sporting activities, hinting F1 could soon be a part of it as well.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet recently with F1 leaders and I’ve appreciated their time on this topic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the Silver State is quickly becoming the entertainment AND sports capital!” he wrote on Twitter. 

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F1 is starting to hit the entertainment hubs of the United States. First, Miami, and now, Las Vegas, two of the busiest cities of the country, and if the Las Vegas talks do go through, F1 could well join the elite fan-following sporting leagues like NBA, NASCAR, and NFL.

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But, the downside to this is the sport potentially losing its heritage. With the usage of street circuits on the rise, there is uncertainty over the future of racing tracks. What will be the fate of the classic circuits like Hockenheimring, Istanbul Park, and others that have produced the best possible races for the fans?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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