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Featured Bernie Ecclestone in talks for a F1 Las Vegas GP

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Jordan Wilkins, Oct 18, 2014.

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    After two Grand Prix's in the car park of the famous Caesars Palace casino during the early 1980's, it seems Bernie Ecclestone is now ready to bring F1 back to Nevada as talks have opened between the two parties around hosting a Grand Prix in the near future.

    Bernie is said to be very keen on a return to Vegas for F1 and had outlined some of the details surrounding the track layout to The Independent "Vegas say they are ready to go and it would be on The Strip for sure, In the end there's a million countries that would like to have an F1 race but they can't afford it." This is especially true after the numerous failed attempts for a recent New Jersey GP, which now appears to be dead in the water.

    Las Vegas as a Grand Prix venue is drawing some support however with F1 sponsorship agent Zak Brown stating "Vegas would be a fantastic addition to the F1 calendar and would be successful for so many people involved, It's a great fit for the F1 brand and would draw a lot of interest from sponsors in one of the most important strategic markets for F1 - America. Vegas as a city would benefit greatly from F1's fan base who no doubt would spend a lot of money that weekend."

    Also it seems plans are more advanced than simple opening talks as The Independent have also revealed that renowned F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke has visited Vegas several times to outline a track layout along the main Las Vegas strip. For hardcore F1 fans this may seem unlikely right now but stranger things have happened in F1 recently, what are your thoughts on a potential Las Vegas Grand Prix?
     
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  2. Are they actually serious?
     
  3. Kris Cobb

    Kris Cobb
    Avid Chronic Racing | Team Principal

    I wish I could believe that statement. When you have a races at nowhere near prime time on a small Sports Network on paid TV tells me they aren't even trying. Broadcasting the races in a prime time slot on a major network would yield much better results.
     
  4. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    I hope so :) Awesome city to have a F1 Grand Prix. This would be actually one I'd absolutely like to visit if it wasn't so damn expensive to get there :)
     
  5. Pro: legal burn-outs on the strip
    Con: wasting even more water & resources on a city in the desert
     
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  6. Nox

    Nox
    Staff Premium Member

    Yeah, just what F1 needs, yet another street circuit. Who needs those pesky purpose built race tracks? After all, the pundits are always going on about how exciting Valencia used to be, Singapore, Sochi..., heck even Monaco... Everyone's favourite circuit is a street circuit! :rolleyes:Herman Tilke says the Baku layout for 2016 is going to be exciting because it has a narrow bit and a 2km "acceleration zone." I'm sure the strip at Vegas will also give us some exciting accelerating. Who needs good racing so long as there are pretty lights and a replica Eiffel tower?

    (Yeah, I may be in the minority with this opinion, I know)
     
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  7. Nox

    Nox
    Staff Premium Member

    Though it would be funny if the race winner woke up the next day to discover that when they'd been out celebrating, they'd married Maldonado.
     
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  8. Oh come on the Yanks aren't interested if it doesn't involve 10L V8's, a 1\4mile straight, turning left, crushing **** or pretend Rallying, F1 is already dead, the Buffoon is now just jumping on it's grave! :mad:
     
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  9. yay another Hermann Tilke track that will be again boring and have too many overly colourful run offs. why don't they go back to Watkins Glen or Long Beach. maybe even Sebring that would give the setup engineers a challenge.
     
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  10. Jimlaad43

    Jimlaad43
    Nice apex, I'll take it! Premium Member

    Isn't F1's most important Market Europe, where all the fans are and none of the races.
     
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  11. Ryan Ogurek

    Ryan Ogurek
    Editor / Automotive News Staff

    Road America:D:p
     
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  12. Ever heard of the hoover dam? Provides fresh water and natural power to the entire city. Nothing is wasted. I still like you though Georg!
     
  13. Lol! Not all of us! I hate just about all those things and that most Americans dig it.
     
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  14. Both statements factually untrue.
    If intended sarcasm, not elegantly executed.
     
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  15. JeffL

    JeffL
    Right on Brother, I hear ya, it's all good. Premium Member

    I heard they're gonna build a replica malaysia track between the Pyramids and the Sphynx and all the pit crews have to dress like Blue Man and Oh yeah, Elvis is the Grand Marshall. :)
     
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  16. JeffL

    JeffL
    Right on Brother, I hear ya, it's all good. Premium Member

    Ah Stereotyping, your just trying to make friends.
     
  17. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Magnificent piece of engineering, really impressed when i visited it.

    From an environmental point of view the whole city is a waste. The amount of electricity used is insane :). But a great over the top experience, perfect for F1 and all Bernie'$
     
  18. JeffL

    JeffL
    Right on Brother, I hear ya, it's all good. Premium Member

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  19. Steve Bird

    Steve Bird
    Racing Since 1978 Premium Member

    Man.....that's whack!
     
  20. And i stand corrected. typical Americans. Everything is free and lasts forever. :)