The Italian Formula 1 manager Stefano Domenicali has announced some big news. Will a World Championship run in Las Vergas be confirmed as part of the USA GP after Austin and Miami?
Formula 1 continues to accelerate: In November 2021, Qatar will be driven for the first time, the GP premiere of Saudi Arabia will follow in December, and the first World Championship round in Miami has been confirmed for May 8, 2021. Now Formula 1 managing director Stefano Domenicali says: “As far as the time beyond the 2022 season is concerned, we will soon have more good news to announce.”
Domenicali doesn’t want to look into the cards for what it is, but there are many indications of another new race or a return to a familiar location. The Imoleser is pleased: “We are moving in the right direction with Formula 1, we have a lot of inquiries about hosting a Grand Prix. That shows how attractive the premier class is. ”
The speculation as to what it might be has been twofold. Either Domenicali will confirm that Formula 1 is returning to South Africa, more precisely: to Kyalami near Johannesburg.
Or Domenicali and his staff have finally succeeded in what his predecessors Bernie Ecclestone and Chase Carey had worked on for years – returning to Las Vegas.
Carey said years ago: “When it comes to the USA, we are thinking of moving to exciting metropolises.” Even then Carey was talking about Miami and Las Vegas. Liberty Media General Manager Greg Maffei said: “I like the idea of a night GP in Las Vegas.”
Only: In Las Vegas, the casino owners are not interested in a car race on a closed strip entertainment mile. Inaccessible streets are not good for business. In other words: Las Vegas needs Formula 1 more than Las Vegas needs Formula 1. Either Domenicali has made a breakthrough in the negotiations, or the route does not run along the Strip. Or the comeback of Las Vegas remains a dream.
At this point, many readers will say, “Wait a minute, Las Vegas? There was something!” The glittering world of Las Vegas and the glamor of Formula 1 are made for each other. But driving in the parking lot of the Caesar’s Palace Hotel in the early 1980s was really unworthy of Formula 1. The curves were all bland, but it was driven counterclockwise, which was just as difficult for the pilots as the heat. Particularly embarrassing for Formula 1: in 1981 and 1982 even the World Cup decision was made here. The parking lot in question was built over in 2003. Nobody cried a tear after the race back then.