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Mercedes F1 Shares Strategic Insights For Historic Las Vegas GP

Giancarlo Perlas November 15, 2023

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 just shared exclusive insights into the challenges and unique aspects of the upcoming race weekend. The team is bracing for a new scheduling of events while addressing the key details of the Las Vegas GP Strip Circuit, setting the stage for a thrilling event.

Navigating Time Zones and Temperatures

Mercedes F1 stated that there’s a deviation in the Las Vegas GP timetable. Practice day kicks off the action on Thursday, with FP1 in the evening and FP2 stretching into Friday morning. The team faces the challenge of adjusting to a ‘qualifying day’ where FP3 and qualifying take place on Friday evening and extend into the early hours of Saturday. The race itself, a night spectacle, breaks records as the latest F1 start time in the sport’s history.

Temperature emerges as a critical factor, with the team anticipating the chilly November desert nights. The forecast suggests temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius. However, that’s still a bit up from the coldest recorded temperature in an F1 event during the 1978 Canadian GP.

The Race Down the Strip

Marking a historic first, the 2023 Las Vegas GP introduces F1 racing to the iconic Strip. Mercedes F1 emphasizes the significance of the 1.9km flat-out stretch, weaving past landmarks like the Eiffel Tower replica and Bellagio Fountains. The team looks forward to navigating the high-speed 6.201km Las Vegas Strip Circuit, the second-longest lap on the calendar, featuring 17 corners and demanding a delicate balance between top speeds and mechanical grip.

The back straight promises a visual feast for spectators as F1 cars speed past renowned attractions, adding a unique backdrop to the racing experience. The intricacies of managing the car’s setup become crucial, requiring a delicate trade-off to maintain speed while ensuring stability through tight corners.

F1’s Return to Sin City

While newer fans may be unaware, F1 has graced Las Vegas before. It hosted the Caesars Palace Grand Prix back in 1981 and 1982. The current Mercedes F1 lineup reflects on this history, noting that 2023 marks their inaugural race visit to Sin City.

The Mercedes team is poised for a memorable experience, racing on the famed Strip and contributing to the city’s rich F1 legacy.

Strategic Considerations

Mercedes F1 unveils strategic considerations for the Las Vegas GP, emphasizing the need to find a balance in setup to maximize top speeds without compromising grip in tight corners. With 78% of the lap distance at full throttle, the team anticipates speeds rivaling those of Monza.

The introduction of two DRS zones offers potential overtaking opportunities at Turns 4 and 14, adding a tactical dimension to the race.

Beyond the Track

As Mercedes F1 gears up for the Las Vegas GP, the team reveals that the off-track activities are as vibrant as the on-track action. With meticulous year-long preparation, including the unveiling of a three-story Vegas Club hospitality area, the team is set for a busy race week.

Fans attending the event can expect a star-studded opening ceremony featuring F1 race drivers and renowned music artists, setting the stage for a weekend filled with entertainment.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/benzinsider, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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