The long-awaited Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to kick off this weekend on the Vegas strip. This will be the first time in over 40 years that twenty of the world’s fastest drivers will come together to compete in Las Vegas.
One of the significant factors teams will have to consider is the cold weather conditions. With hundreds of thousands of fans expected to attend, the chilly air will play a role in Saturday evening’s Grand Prix. The cool temperatures will affect the track, making it harder for drivers to maintain grip on cooler tires.
Lewis Hamilton, a Mercedes Formula One race car driver, has commented that this race is one of the coldest he has competed in. Temperatures on the track are expected to be 15 degrees colder than other races, causing the engines to run much cooler.
In addition to weather concerns, there was an incident during a practice session where a manhole cover damaged two cars, causing the session to be halted. Ferrari team boss Frederic Vasseur expressed frustration at this situation, calling it unacceptable.
The Formula One race in Las Vegas holds promise for the future, as the owners of Formula One, Liberty Media, have made a long-term investment in the city. They have purchased land with the start/finish line and have constructed a modern pit building.
Interestingly, the fastest Formula One car ever recorded was the Honda team’s 2006 vehicle, which reached a speed of 246.9 mph. This was compared to the speed of a tornado. The land speed record for Formula One was set by Alan van der Merwe, a development driver, reaching a speed of 256.8 mph during testing in the Mojave Desert.
Overall, the Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix is shaping up to be an exciting and challenging race on the Vegas strip.