Returning to Las Vegas after more than 40 years, the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix is promised to be one of the season’s greatest, featuring a 3.8-mile street race circuit and F1 cars speeding up to 212 mph at the center of the Strip.
The world of motorsports is set to collide with the dazzling lights of the Vegas Strip as Formula One enthusiasts gear up for a thrilling spectacle in November 2023. Tickets are already on sale, priced from $500 USD for general admission, bringing you a 3-day event with complimentary food and drinks.
In this article, you will dive into all you need to know about the upcoming world-class event and how you can be part of this historic experience. Read on to know where to buy your F1 tickets, the available hotel packages, and all the basic information about the race.
History of Formula One in Las Vegas
The FORMULA 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023 is part of the 2023 Formula One World Championship. It is the third F1 event in Las Vegas, with the first two in 1981 and 1982, dubbed the Caesars Palace Grand Prix 1981-82.
Caesars Palace Grand Prix races were two of only twelve races in the sport to ever take place in the Mountain and Pacific time regions. Las Vegas, known for its luxury and excitement, was a natural fit for Formula One’s glitz, marking a significant chapter in the sport’s expansion to new horizons.
Despite the unique blend of high-speed racing and the electric atmosphere synonymous with Las Vegas, the two events did not gain the momentum the organizers expected. This was because the race was a casino event instead of a street racing Vegas event like the upcoming 2023 race.
The 1981-1982 was a bust, and its debut didn’t get the returns they hoped for. After just two races, F1 left Vegas amidst a four-year contract.
The temporary F1 circuit built for the race featured a 2.268-mile length with 75 laps and a race length of 170.10 miles. It is now the old Caesars Palace parking lot, located where the forum shops sit.
In terms of comparison, the upcoming 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix track only has one thing in common with the Caesars Palace Grand Prix circuit– they are both designed in a counter-clockwise direction.
After the failure of the casino race, Formula One has now revamped the entire concept to bring Vegas a race on the Strip at night. The marketing this time is top-notch, and with millions being thrown in for construction and promotion, Vegas is in for a world-shattering event.
The winners of the Caesars Palace Grand Prix were Alan Jones of Williams-Ford in 1981 and Michele Alboreto of Tyrrell-Ford in 1982. With big contenders like Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, and Carlos Sainz, the world is awaiting in suspenseful eagerness to see who the new Las Vegas GP winner is going to be.
2023 Las Vegas F1 Race
- Schedule: 2023, November 16 – 18
- Street Circuit Contract: 2023 – 2025
Set to take place between November 16th and 18th, the unforgettable race will host the world’s most accomplished F1 racers on a track cutting straight through the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Driving up to 212 mph, the race will weave past world-famous Vegas landmarks, hotels, and casinos.
Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to be a historic event for Formula 1 and could potentially be its biggest 2023 event. The Vegas race will mark the third race in the United States for the 2023 Championship after Miami (May) and Austin (October).
The race is scheduled after the Sao Paulo Grand Prix (Brazilian GP) in the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace track on November 3rd – 5th. Afterward, the F1 will proceed to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (November 24 – 26) at Yas Marina Circuit, ending the 2023 F1 World Championship.
So, why Las Vegas F1? Why should you go?
With a Saturday night race taking place under Vegas’ glittering lights and entertainment, the Las Vegas F1 is bound to be one of the most talked-about events in 2023. Attending will not only be a historical moment, but you will be part of an experience that has not been seen in several decades.
As the cars navigate through the twists and turns, spectators are treated to breathtaking views of the Las Vegas skyline, adding an extra layer of excitement to the race.
Since its Saturday night, racegoers can also merge the thrilling spectacle with a visit to the casino afterwards or going for drinks at a rooftop bar, shopping at Vegas’ unique retail stores, or attending other events in Downtown Vegas.
Las Vegas is more than just a city; it’s a symbol of entertainment, luxury, and larger-than-life experiences. Formula One, with its high-speed drama and international appeal, aligns perfectly with the city’s spirit. The marriage of these two powerhouses creates an event that goes beyond racing – it’s a celebration of speed, style, and the Las Vegas way of life.
F1 Las Vegas Track Map
- Race Track Length (Circuit Length): 8 miles (6.12 km)
- Number of Laps: 50
- Number of Corners: 17
- Straights: 3
- DRS Zones: 2
- Race Length/Distance: 065 miles (305.880 km)
- Estimated Top Speed: 212 mph (342 km/h)
The Grand Prix track on the Vegas Strip is part of a three-year contract (2023 – 2025) between Formula One and the Clark County. However, recent Feb 2023 ruling from the Commission has opened the gates for the chance to have the F1 event in Vegas permanently for up to 10 years.
With parts of the track taking over the iconic Strip, the street race event is anticipated to be an annual event for the next decade, bringing an economical gain of over $1 billion to Vegas.
The agreement recognized the circuit on both private and public land in Clark Count from Harmon Avenue, to the Las Vegas Boulevard, Koval Lane, and Sands Avenue.
Terry Miller, project manager of the Las Vegas Grand Prix stated, “This is one of the most aggressive programs of construction and design I have ever seen, certainly in Vegas, as well as sports.”
The massive undertaking started after the November 2022 groundbreaking ceremony where paddock construction began on the 39 acres of land (bought for $240M) on the northeast corner of Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane.
The paddock building covering about 300,0000 square feet is the centerpiece of the Vegas Grand Prix housing four levels of viewing. The permanent structure is 1000 feet long and 100 feet wide.
The first level of the paddock consists of the driver pits, the finish, and start lines. Other levels will house the VIP luxury suites, exhibit spaces, rooftop viewing platform, restaurants, and the F1’s new US headquarters offices (currently located in New York).
Scheduled to open in October, a month before the Vegas race, the paddock will cost approximately $560 million upon its completion.
The circuit runs counter-clockwise meaning they will put more stain on the left-hand side of the cars.
As seen in the map above, the 2023 Las Vegas Street Circuit has a layout that starts from the paddock at the corner of Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane. This is where the permanent track is and it proceeds to connect with the city streets at 800 meters down Koval Lane.
The cars will proceed straight to the slow 90 degree right at the end of Koval Lane and take a long left which goes around the newly finished MSG Sphere, the largest spherical building in the world. After a few twisty turns, the cars will race onto Sands Avenue, go through two fast bends before proceeding to take a slow left onto the Las Vegas Strip.
Once on the Las Vegas Boulevard, the cars will race past Vegas’s most iconic hotels, casinos, and attractions including Treasure Island, The Mirage, Harrah’s, Flamingo, Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, the Fountains of Bellagio, and the Cosmopolitan.
After some slow corners at the end of the Las Vegas Strip, the cars will proceed to race onto Harmon Avenue where they will go straight to complete a lap and head back into the permanent track around the paddock.
The entire track is 3.8 miles long and will include 17 corners at different sections. It consists of a total of 50 laps across a 190.065-mile race distance where the cars are estimated to top at 212 mph.
If you are a gamer (or just curious), you may want to take a look at the F1 2023 Gameplay that now includes the Las Vegas Strip Circuit. This first look takes you onboard at the circuit ahead of the opening race in November.
F1 Las Vegas 2023 Dates & Schedule
The Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend will start on Thursday, November 16, and end on the 18th, Saturday night.
Below is the event schedule:
|Thursday, November 16||8:30 pm – 9:30 pm||Practice 1|
|Friday, November 17||12:00 am – 1:00 am||Practice 2|
|Friday, November 17||8:30 pm – 9:30 pm||Practice 3|
|Saturday, November 18||12:00 am – 1:00 am||Qualifying|
|Saturday, November 18||10:00 pm||Race|
Las Vegas F1 Tickets Price
Tickets are on sale now and are inclusive of multi-day passes only, foods, and non-alcoholic beverages. There are no single-day passes, and there is an 8 – 10 ticket limit per customer.
Customers of all ages are permitted to attend, including children (children below 24 months do not need a ticket to enter).
Several ticketing options are available for the Vegas GP weekend from VIP packages to the general admissions, and grandstand seating. Note that the tickets have 3, 4, or 5-day passes with 4-day and 5-day pass tickets including access to the ‘opening ceremony’ and extra entertainment.
Use the Las Vegas GP Track map below to choose the best tickets for you in regards to the turns, hotels, and casinos.
The F1 Las Vegas ticket packages include:
1. Zone at Sphere – Starting from $500
These tickets are for the T-Mobile viewing Zone at the Sphere. It is the second largest spectator zone on the circuit featuring live entertainment (featuring J Balvin, Major Lazer, and Mark Ronson) and interactive fan experiences.
One ticket will grant you a 3-day pass to the event and complimentary food by Wolfgang Puck catering, non-alcoholic drinks, and water.
There are two ticket options:
- General Admission Standing-Room Only tickets for $500 (Currently SOLD OUT)
- T-Mobile Zone at Sphere Grandstands tickets for $2000.
Go for the $2000 tickets to have a better view of the hard and smooth turns at Turn 5 – 9 as the cars dash off into the glittering lights of the Strip.
2. East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas – Starting from $2,500
The ticket grants you access to the East Harmon viewing Zone by Virgin Hotels only and Includes a 4-day ticket (Wednesday to Saturday), entry to the opening ceremony, a dedicated service team, and all-inclusive food and drinks menu.
You will have an amazing view from here, encompassing the last corner and the opening corners of the circuit.
There are three types of locations:
- PH1- The Skybox (4-day ticket): $10,000
- PG1- Main Grandstand (4-day ticket):: $2,500
- PG2- Grandstand (3-day ticket): $2,500
- PG3- Grandstand for Oracle Red Bull Racing Fan (3-day ticket): $3, 280
3. South Koval Zone by Caesars Rewards – Starting from $8,000
These are 3-day tickets with complimentary premium food and drinks as well as access to the Heineken House or Red Bull energy Station located on the South Koval viewing Zone of the circuit.
These are small Zone without grandstands but with a view of Turn 4 and 5.
There are two ticket locations:
- Heineken House: $8,000
- Red Bull Energy Station: $8,000
4. North Koval Zone
Includes a 3-day (Thursday – Saturday) ticket with complimentary premium food & drinks and access to the North Koval viewing Zone.
The venue is at a shared hospitality, Legacy, with tickets going for $8,000.
5. Club SI Zone
Includes a 3-day ticket (Thursday – Saturday) with complimentary premium food & drinks and access to the Sports Illustrated’s Club SI viewing Zone.
6. Club Paris Zone
Includes a 3-day ticket with complimentary premium food & drinks and access to Club Paris viewing Zone.
7. Hilton Grand Vacations Zone
Includes a 3-day ticket with complimentary premium food & drinks and access to Hilton Grand Vacation viewing Zone.
8. The Mirage Zone
Includes a 3-day ticket with complimentary premium food & drinks and access to The Mirage viewing Zone.
There are two tickets and locations;
- Grandstands at the Mirage: $2,200.
- VIP Grandstands at the Mirage: not advertised
9. West Harmon Zone
Includes a 3-day ticket with complimentary premium food & drinks and access to the West Harmon viewing Zone.
Tickets are $1,500. (Currently SOLD OUT)
10. Paddock Zone = Annual Membership
Includes a 5-day ticket with complimentary premium food & drinks and access to the Paddock viewing Zone on the permanent track.
This is an annual membership program that includes premium seating, the opening ceremony, brunch on Sunday, concierge services, exclusive F1 experiences and much more.
There are two tickets and locations:
- Wynn Grid Club: not advertised
- Paddock Club: not advertised
For all ticket prices/memberships that are not advertised, please connect with a sales representative at [email protected] to get a ticket/membership.
Your tickets will indicate your assigned zones and where the entrances are located for ease of accessibility for different persons.
Road closures will start at 5:00 pm every day (Thursday – Saturday), but you can expect a two-hour delay. It is recommended you arrive at your venue before 5 pm to avoid traffic delays.
How to get tickets for Formula 1 Las Vegas 2023
Final tickets are on sale now on the official F1 Las Vegas GP site.
F1 Las Vegas 2023 Hotel Packages: Top 20
F1 hotel packages are available and on sale at popular Vegas hotels like Caesars Palace. Enjoy a one-stop shop for all things F1 in Vegas by purchasing a hotel plus F1 ticket combo.
Below are the F1 hotel packages for the 2023 Las Vegas GP:
- Wynn and Encore Las Vegas – Starting at $14,000
- Caesars Palace – Starting at $693
- Bellagio – Starting at $2, 157
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Starting at $1,900
- ARIA – Starting at $1, 633
- The Venetian Resort Las Vegas – Starting at $1, 499
- Park MGM – Starting at $833
- MGM Grand – Starting at $733
- Cancun Hilton Grand Vacations – Starting at $399
- Mandalay Bay – Starting at $550
- Paris Las Vegas – Starting at $443
- Excalibur – Starting at $326
- Luxor – Starting at $417
- The LINQ – Starting at $340
- New York-New York – Starting at $550
- The Mirage – Starting at $999
- Planet Hollywood – Starting at $418
- Horseshoe Las Vegas – Starting at $338
- Harrah’s Las Vegas – Starting at $333
- Hilton Las Vegas – Starting at $859
The Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023 race won’t be confined to the circuit; it will spill over into the city’s streets and venues, creating a great city-wide event that hasn’t been seen in a decade. It’s an opportunity to witness the convergence of motorsports and Vegas entertainment in one electrifying package.
The city will come to life with F1-themed parties, celebrity appearances (including F1 racers), fan gatherings, and much more. From exclusive after-parties at world-renowned nightclubs to driver meet-and-greets, the 2023 Las Vegas GP offers an immersive experience that brings fans closer to the action than ever before.