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Las Vegas Grand Prix explain strange Saturday start time

Las Vegas Grand Prix explain strange Saturday start time

Las Vegas Grand Prix explain strange Saturday start time

Las Vegas Grand Prix explain strange Saturday start time

The decision to hold the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix at 22:00 local time has been labelled as a "compromise" to appease fans both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

F1 will race past the world-famous hotels lining 'The Strip' for the first time next November 16-18 as the event forms a season-ending double-header with Abu Dhabi.

But with the Nevada city in the Pacific timezone, lights out will be at 01:00 ET and 07:00 BST, leading fans to question the start time on social media after the F1 calendar was published.

Explaining the decision, Las Vegas Grand Prix CEO Renee Wilm said: “That was actually a compromise to make sure we are broadcasting at a time when our European fans can get up with a cup of coffee and watch the race six, seven in the morning, very similar to how we [in the US] watch the European races.

"So that was actually a very important component of planning out our sequencing for the race weekend.”

Las Vegas GP looking at "affordable" fan area

MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle revealed last month there is a plan in place to buy $20-25million worth of tickets from F1, with packages set to retail for up to $100,000.

This led to fears the ordinary fan would be priced out of attending the event.

But Wilm revealed an "affordable" general admission area in planning: “We are looking to program the hospitality in such a way where we are appealing to our legacy fans but while also creating these new opportunities for the new fans.”

F1 commercial managing director Brandon Snow added: “We need to keep that premium-ness to it because at the end of the day it is the pinnacle of motorsports, but we need to make it more accessible.”

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