In this file photo, the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada neon sign is seen at dusk.
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Formula One will return to Las Vegas next year with racing on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
The grand prize will take place on a Saturday night in November, possibly around Thanksgiving, and the track will pass through some of the city’s most legendary venues, hotels and casinos.
The track layout is 3.8 miles long from start to finish with top speeds estimated at over 212 mph.
There will be 50 laps of racing with three main straights and 14 corners, including a sequence of high-speed corners and a single chicane section.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “This is an incredible moment for Formula 1 that demonstrates the great appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the United States.
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“Las Vegas is a destination known around the world for excitement, hospitality, excitement and of course the famous Strip.
“There is no better place to compete in Formula 1 than in the entertainment capital of the world and we can’t wait to be here next year.”
The neon nights of Las Vegas will be the backdrop for the third F1 race in the US along with the Miami and Texas Grands Prix.
Las Vegas hosted two F1 grands prix in the 1980s, but instead of the Strip, they were held in the parking lot of the Caesars Palace hotel.
Last week, Domenicali told Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle that Africa could also hold races in the future, with the calendar set to grow.
F1 has a record 23-race calendar this year, but the current Concorde Agreement, which runs until 2025, allows 24 races per season.
South Africa’s Kyalami circuit, which Lewis Hamilton recently insisted should be back in F1, last hosted a race in 1993 and has been mooted as an option.
“In addition to the United States, in addition to China, I think there is also the potential to be in Africa soon,” Domenicali said.
“There’s a lot of interest there. It sure is another area that’s been missing from the geography of our calendar so far.”