Hitting the Apex: Las Vegas Strip Circuit

It’s Vegas Race Week! Read on for everything you need to know about the Las Vegas Strip Circuit.

Written by Mees Drijgers

November 17, 2023

The Las Vegas Strip Circuit is a semi-permanent street circuit located in Las Vegas, Nevada, the United States. It is the latest edition to the F1 calendar, as the circuit was specifically designed for the Las Vegas Grand Prix that will bring racing back to the city that never sleeps for the first time since the 1980s. In both 1981 and 1982, a Grand Prix was hosted around the area of the Strip under the name Caesar’s Palace Grand Prix, which was the final round of the F1 championships hosted in those years.

Las Vegas Strip Circuit under the lights (Photo via @MercedesAMGF1 on Twitter)

For 2023, a new circuit was designed by Tilke GmBH, with Carsten Tilke, son of Hermann Tilke, leading the project. 31 different layout variations had been created before the developers settled on the final design. The start-finish straight is located in a former parking lot, which has been bought by Formula 1 in order to build a permanent pit and paddock area there. It will be the first time since 1982 the United States is hosting 3 races in the same season.  

The Las Vegas Sphere around Turns 6-8

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Track distance: 6.201 km / 3.853 miles
  • DRS zones: 2
  • Corners: 17
  • Elevation: n/a
  • Laps: 50
  • Race lap record: n/a
  • Direction: anti-clockwise
  • Night race

 

According to F1.com, Las Vegas Strip Circuit configuration for this year is as follows:

 

PREVIOUS TYRE COMPOUNDS

  • N/A

The Las Vegas Strip Circuit is a brand new circuit on the calendar. The records for most successful driver, most successful constructor, and most pole positions at the track have not been set yet. After this weekend, these records will belong to the driver on pole after qualifying, and the winning driver and constructor of Sunday’s race.

Las Vegas Strip Circuit kerbs (Photo via @/Autosport on Twitter, who credit @Ryan_Champion on Twitter)

The circuit is located in the heart of Las Vegas and “winds its way past iconic locations like Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, and the Venetian” (see link 3). With its 6.201 kms in length, it becomes the second-longest track on the 2023 F1 calendar behind Spa-Francorchamps, and overtaking Jeddah (6.175 kms). With a 1.9 kms long back street, the circuit is expected to replicate top speeds usually only seen at Monza, F1’s Temple of Speed. The cars are also expected to go flat out in 8th gear for longer than at any other circuit on the calendar.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

  • N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mees was introduced to the world of F1 by one of her friends in July 2020 and hasn’t missed a race weekend since. Her favourite drivers are Alex Albon, Lewis Hamilton, Oscar Piastri, and George Russell; outside of F1, she also actively supports Liam Lawson and Callum Ilott. She specialises in writing about F2, but is looking to specialise in FE and IndyCar as well, after starting to watch both series in 2022. After getting her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture, she is currently getting MA degrees in Translation and English Literature & Culture. When she’s not watching motorsport, she’s either watching football matches (preferably Real Madrid), reading a book, or watching streams on Twitch.

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