Audi and Porsche likely to join Formula 1, Las Vegas Grand Prix announced

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Audi and Porsche could be on their way to Formula One. There’s news circulating online that Volkswagen will give the go ahead for the two manufacturers to enter the spear point of motor racing. There’s also been an announcement that Las Vegas will host a Grand Prix from 2023 - this will be the third race in the USA, joining Texas and Miami.

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Audi and Porsche to enter F1​

Audi and Porsche owner Volkswagen is likely to give the green light for the two brands to make their entry into motor racing’s Formula One at a meeting next week, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

”We will hopefully be able to communicate our intention to enter into Formula One then,” one of the sources said, with the second adding there was a ”good chance” of a positive decision.

Volkswagen declined to comment. The news was first reported by Business Insider.

There has been talk of Audi and Porsche forming partnerships with existing Formula One teams for a long while now, their most likely method of entry into the highest class of international racing.

It is regarded by many that Audi will buy out McLaren and Porsche are set to strike a long-term partnership with Red Bull.

A source told Reuters in November that Volkswagen’s ultimate decision will rest on whether Formula One follows through on its plans to switch to synthetic fuels by 2026, and on McLaren’s progress regarding electrification of its vehicles.

Las Vegas to host Grand Prix​

The track will include part of the famous Las Vegas strip, it will be 3.8 miles long, and it will be at night!

F1 president Stefano Domenicali said: "This is an incredible moment for F1 that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the US."

There will be three main straights and 14 corners, which will include a single chicane section and a sequence of high speed corners.

The race will be promoted in partnership with some of the major casino and hotel groups in the city, including; Caesars Palace, Wynn Las Vegas, MGM and the Venetian.

What do you think of today's F1 news?
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I was lucky enough to work in Vegas for a week, before the pandemic. The location has the potential to create the best atmosphere we've ever seen at an F1 weekend. I can just imagine it now, the cars screaming around Vegas, reaching over 200 mph at night.

It's going to be a spectacle for sure!
 
My only comment will be that it is no surprise they decided to add another street circuit to the calendar, and it will free up time for me to Sim race.
 
I'm really curious on how ticketing and hotel access will work for the Vegas GP. Are they shutting down all the sidewalks and pedestrian overpasses? If they do, that effectively shuts down the hotels on the strip which I can't imagine they would do, especially for what is normally a very busy holiday weekend.

I'm pretty hyped for it though, I live on the other side of the country but if I can a ticket cheaper than Miami (that are starting at $2500) then I'll make every effort to go. And hotel space shouldn't be an issue like it is in Austin.
 
As for Audi and Porsche, I thought originally the plan was for them to form a team together. I'm surprised that they would compete against each other with the huge costs of F1 under the VW umbrella.
 
They could have chosen to race on a proper race track like Road America, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta or Watkins Glen. Instead, F1 is choosing to race on city circuits in exotic locations (i.e. Miami, Las Vegas). Money talks I guess?
Kinda agree, these are all rich people's places indeed.
But to be honest I'd rather see more races in the US than in the Emirates' deserts.
 
Vegas, no. The place is so overrated it's ridiculous. Even for gambling. It is living on past reputation and marketing hype. They had better hope Lake Mead still has enough water by 2023 enabling Vegas to still be there.
 
At first I was pleased to hear they were entering. But if one of them is going to take over an existing team and the other is just going to form a partnership with an existing team it doesn't really change much. I was hoping for new teams.
 
Vegas, no. The place is so overrated it's ridiculous. Even for gambling. It is living on past reputation and marketing hype. They had better hope Lake Mead still has enough water by 2023 enabling Vegas to still be there.
I may be going out on a limb but if they run out of water, Formula 1 will be the least of their problems.
 
"It is regarded by many that Audi will buy out McLaren and Porsche are set to strike a long-term partnership with Red Bull." Really :D

"The track will include part of the famous Las Vegas strip, it will be 3.8 miles long, and it will be at night!" Oh, do tell! :D
 
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I don't give a **** about that race at Vegas. What really worries me is what is going to happen to Spa and Monaco. The incorporation of the WV group to F1 is something that I'm only going to ponder once they officially anounce that this is already set in stone. They have fooled the F1 community too many times, this time it seems feasible though.
 
I don't give a **** about that race at Vegas. What really worries me is what is going to happen to Spa and Monaco. The incorporation of the WV group to F1 is something that I'm only going to ponder once they officially anounce that this is already set in stone. They have fooled the F1 community too many times, this time it seems feasible though.
Monaco isn't going anywhere, but would it really be a disaster if it did? It's a horrible race. Nearly all the action happens on Saturday.
 

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