In the round-up: The latest addition to the Formula 1 calendar reveals how much tickets will cost and where fans will be able to watch.
Las Vegas Grand Prix ticket sales begin
Tickets for the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix go on sale today for those who have already registered interest. General sales begin on November 5th.
There will be six different areas around the track where tickets can be purchased to access, and all food and non-alcoholic drinks available in each fan zone are included in the price of entry.
The prices that have initially been set “may fluctuate, based on demand” according to the organisers. The cheapest way to visit the grand prix is with a $500 (£440) general admission ticket which is for “standing room only” access to the MSG Sphere fan zone situated around turns five to nine of the track. This is a three-day ticket – single-day access is not currently offered.
Seats in the one of the two grandstands in the MSG Sphere currently costs $2,000 for the full weekend. Tickets for the zone next to the final corner cost between $2,500 and $10,000.
Pirelli announces compound choices for final two races
For the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, teams will qualify on the C4 tyre and race on the C2 and C3 compounds as the Hard and Medium choices. The selections will be a step softer for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a week later, with the C5 compound being used for qualifying and then the C4 accompanying the C3 as one of the two mandated compounds to use for the race.
It is only the second time this year that the C5 has been nominated for use on a permanent circuit.
Bottas to make Race of Champions debut in 2023
Valtteri Bottas will make his belated first appearance in the Race of Champions next January.
The Alfa Romeo driver was supposed to compete in this year’s event in Pite Havsbad, Sweden, but pulled out at short notice. Now he’s committed again to competing, and will partner with two-times F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen to form Team Finland for the event’s Nations Cup.
After its successful move from running in stadiums to using an ice-and-snow track for this year’s event, the RoC will once again take place in Pite Havsbad and it will mean Bottas’s rally experience will come of use in the Arctic Circle. Bottas’ F1 rival Sebastian Vettel has also been confirmed among the roster of drivers.
New winter series for F4 cars launched in Europe
While India’s planned winter series for Formula 4 cars has recently been called off, drivers looking for race experience in the new Tatuus T-421 car may now get it in Europe instead.
Formula Winter Series is a new Spain-based F4 championship that will feature eight races over four weekends in February and March 2023 and has already attracted three teams. By using Abarth engines, FWS will have the same chassis-engine combination as the national championships of Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.
Leclerc used to see F3 title rival Martins “like a god”
Arthur Leclerc, younger brother of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc, described how he was once in awe of his Formula 3 title rival Victor Martins’ ability.
“The fun thing was, I used to be playing PlayStation with Victor Martins and seeing him like a god,” Leclerc said. “He was winning a lot of races in karting and meanwhile I was going to school, doing no motorsport at all. It was weird driving with him on-track.”
No threat to Brazilian Grand Prix
Speculation on social media the political situation in Brazil could jeopardise the running of the penultimate round of the world championship next weekend was dismissed by F1, which confirmed the race will take place as planned. The country’s outgoing hard-right president Jair Bolsonaro initially failed to acknowledge his defeat in last week’s election and supporters of his blockaded some major roads in protest at the victory of left-wing rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
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