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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are set to attend an F1 launch party in Las Vegas this weekend. Local Las Vegas reporter Ron Futrell tweeted earlier today that the Mercedes duo, along with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, will make an appearance in ‘Sin City’ to promote the town’s first ever Grand Prix, which will take place next year.

“Top drivers will be here for #F1 Launch Party Saturday at Caesars Palace. Sergio Perez from Red Bull and Mercedes’ drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton will be in Vegas this weekend!”, he wrote. Back in March, F1 announced the world-renowned settings of the Las Vegas Strip, featuring its many famous hotels and casinos, would be hosting a night race starting next season.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix occurred in 1981 and 1982, but 2023 will be the first time the drivers will race along the Las Vegas Strip in the 50-lap outing. Running for 3.8 miles with three straights, a high-speed cornering sequence and a single chicane section, the 14-turn track should help those across the grid reach speeds of around 212mph.

Hamilton admitted he is concerned he won’t be able to focus when F1 returns to Sin City for the Las Vegas Grand Prix in 2023. “Knowing that it’s a real party city, it’s difficult for a racing driver! How am I going to focus that weekend? There’s going to be so much going on,” he said.

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The motoropsort legend also expressed what most of his rivals on the grid will be thinking, saying: “It’s going to be pretty hardcore.” Pre-sale tickets for the race became available to American Express Card Members from Tuesday.

Those on the priority interest list will be able to purchase tickets on Thursday, November 3 at 10am PT (5am GMT) and public sales on November 5 at 10pm PT (5am GMT). Speaking about the race, Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “The Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to be an incredible event and in just over 12 months the best drivers on the planet will be racing through the streets of the entertainment capital of the world.

“It’s going to be something no one will want to miss and the energy and enthusiasm for the race is already building. We know our passionate US fans and those from all over the world will want to be there to witness the thrill first hand and we can’t wait for November 18 2023.”

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Las Vegas will become the third city in the US to host a Grand Prix next season, following races in Texas and Miami. But Haas boss Guenther Steiner has called for the FIA to include more US-based Grands Prix to the Formula 1 calendar, despite the addition of a Las Vegas race.

He said, as quoted by motorsportweek.com: “I would say the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is for hardcore fans. They’ve been here now for 10 years and everybody loves to go there. It’s a great race track, great event and a great city. Miami is Miami, we had a lot of people this year, more than a lot, and it’s another great event but it was completely different, it was like a big festival. I don’t know what Las Vegas will be but it will be big as well. 

“We always have to think that the US is a big country and to have three races, it’s still not enough, I believe. There is something for everybody and I think each event has something in particular about it. Two of them have done a good job and I’m sure Las Vegas will do a good job as well.”

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