Liberty Media Planning a Las Vegas Night Race for F1

Liberty Media are of the belief that the 21-race F1 calendar can be extended even further despite the logistical strains that could be caused through the addition of more Grand Prix.

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during qualifying before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 25, 2015 in Austin, United States.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 25: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during qualifying before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 25, 2015 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

With a desire to deal a better hand to the American F1 following, the proposition of a night-race in Vegas has risen to the surface of Liberty Media’s agenda. Liberty’s CEO Greg Maffei said,

“I particularly like the idea of a night race in Las Vegas.

Obviously there is a limit on how much you can do. Just getting the cars around the world, but I think we can expect to grow the amount of races to a mild degree.

There is a general line of interest if you increase the number of races to a point. The FIA makes more money, the teams make more money, we make more money. But new entrants tend to pay more.”

– Greg Maffei

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Even with the addition of a second Grand Prix on U.S soil, the F1 calendar could reduce with the likelihood of the Brazilian Grand Prix and German Grand Prix folding from the sport.

Following the borefest that was the European Grand Prix this season in Baku, is Formula One actually in danger of destroying any sort of continuity? Surely something is broken if the race in Azerbaijan survives but Interlagos, Hockenheim and the Nurburgring are wiped.

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A street race in Vegas would be great as long as it isn’t a shortchange in disguise. Bringing in another potential one-hit-wonder will do little to fill the void of all-time classics like Interlagos. Of course, if Saturday’s Qualifying session in Vegas is determined by 22 F1 driver’s playing the casino all night and getting ranked in order of pot size, then they might be onto something.