F1 in Las Vegas could be delayed on circuit design flaws

Although the race doesn’t have a deal yet, the talk of a Las Vegas Grand Prix is still causing tongues to waggle at the prospect of holding the race in one of America’s most exciting leisure destinations.

The ideal situation would be for the race to be held on the streets of the city, taking in the famous ‘Strip’ which is said to have given its blessing for a race to be held. Hoteliers would do anything to fill their vast hotels at any time of the year. That could have been dealt with a blow though, with Carsten Tilke, the son of legendary F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke, suggesting that such a layout would be difficult, with little room for a paddock complex in the heart of the city.

“We have already developed an interesting potential track layout, which we’d love to implement,” Carsten Tilke told Spox.

“The difficulty is to manage the project within the given area and the runoff,” Carsten explained. “Then you need a place for the paddock and the pits, and in the city there are very few options. The paddock is therefore a determining factor.”

Series boss Bernie Ecclestone has remained coy on the proposed race, after he backed the race in New Jersey heavily before it was dropped due to a lack of funding. Austin, which has proved popular over the last few season has also run into its own funding issues which have once again put question marks over the hosting of a Formula One race in America.

With the news that a deal hasn’t been done so far, and the problems with circuit design we shouldn’t expect a race in Las Vegas in 2017, with the calendar expected to look similar to that this season.

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Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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