Max Verstappen gets penalty, hits George Russell and still wins Las Vegas GP

Max Verstappen celebrates his victory in the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix

Forty-one years after it was laughed out of town, and at the end of another bruising weekend for the sport, one which has left it open to accusations of negligence and profiteering, Formula One finally put on a half-decent show in Las Vegas.

No prizes for guessing who won the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, and the first in the city since the Caesars Palace Grand Prix in 1982; Max Verstappen claiming his 18th victory in 21 races this season.

But the world champion had to do it the hard way, penalised for an opening lap incident with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, then fighting his way back from fifth after a couple of safety cars threw everyone’s up in the air.

The Dutch driver, who has been so critical of this event all weekend, could not resist trolling Formula One, even in his moment of victory. “Viva Las Vegas! Viva Las Vegas!” the Dutchman sang over the radio.

Behind him, Leclerc and Sergio Perez – both of whom led the race at different points – fought an entertaining battle for second place which went all the way to the final lap, the Ferrari finally edging out the Red Bull thanks to DRS. Perez’s consolation was to tie up second place in the drivers’ championship, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, the only man who could have beaten him, now too far back heading to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi next weekend. It is Red Bull’s first ever one-two in the drivers’ standings.

After all the controversy, the drama over the manhole cover and the fans who were thrown out before any meaningful action got underway on Thursday, the hope was for a decent race to change the narrative. And there was action from the very first corner, with Verstappen in P2 surging up the inside of pole-sitter Leclerc into Turn 1, but collecting a five-second penalty in the process.

Verstappen and Charles Leclerc ran close in turn one on lap one – Getty Images /Chris Graythen

Behind them, Fernando Alonso spun his Aston Martin, collecting Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, while Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton also had contact. They were all able to continue but McLaren’s Lando Norris was not so fortunate after a big crash on lap three, losing the rear and sliding along the barriers backwards at high speed and into the run-off area.

That heralded the first of two safety car periods, with Verstappen having to fight his way back from fifth spot, overtaking Alpine’s Pierre Gasly, McLaren’s Oscar Piastri, Leclerc and Perez to secure his victory.

Hamilton finished seventh but was unfortunate to pick up a puncture, without which he might have been on the podium, while Mercedes team-mate George Russell was eighth after being handed a five-second penalty of his own for causing a collision with Verstappen.

Hamilton was enthusiastic about the race. “For all those who said it was all about ‘show’, Vegas proved them wrong,” said the seven-time world champion.

That quip was aimed squarely at Verstappen, who had described the race as “99 per cent show, 1 per cent sporting event” after Wednesday’s opening ceremony.

After being ferried to the Bellagio in a limousine for the post-race interviews in front of the hotel’s famous fountains the world champion decided to play nice this time. “I think it created quite a good amount of racing here, so it was a lot of fun,” he said with a straight face when asked for his impressions of the track. “I hope everyone enjoyed it a bit. I’m already excited to come back here next year.”

Winners and Losers from the 2023 F1 Qatar Grand Prix

After the utter domination last time out in Japan, the Qatar Grand Prix will go down as the fourth Grand Chelem of Max Verstappen’s career.

Pole, win, fastest lap and leading every lap was secured in Lusail after only leading 51 of 53 laps at Suzuka on his way to the win from pole with the bonus point.

It draws him level with Sir Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, and Sebastian Vettel on four Grand Chelems.

Next up is Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher on five, Lewis Hamilton on six and Jim Clark’s record eight.

As he secured a third World Championship, Verstappen entered the rare-field atmosphere of the all-time greats.

Unusually, we do not start our Winners and Losers with a driver or team who had a shocker. Instead – we do so with Formula 1 itself.

Loser – Formula 1

Very bluntly it was a dreadful weekend for Formula 1.
Firstly, Lusail is not a venue for a Sprint event and one should not be held here in 2024.

George Russell was one of those who felt that had the normal weekend format been in place, the tyre concerns highlighted on Friday night might have been worked through with a solution found with the FIA imposing an effective three-stop strategy on drivers.

This was owing to concerns about the tyres through the high-speed Turns 12 and 13, with the kerbs being painted in a way that effectively modified the track smaller to prevent drivers from running onto the actual kerb that was posing the danger. This was before Saturday’s track action started.

On Sunday morning after Pirelli’s analysis after the Sprint, the FIA imposed an 18-lap maximum stint length decree, which coupled with the high g-forces and lack of wind created a vicious cocktail that needs to be seriously looked into.

To have drivers being physically sick in their helmets during the race as Esteban Ocon was or losing consciousness as Lance Stroll claimed is unacceptable and downright dangerous.

Alexander Albon was treated for acute heat exposure, Logan Sargeant for a severe case of dehydration while Russell said he nearly passed out.

These are the fittest, finest specimens on the planet used to driving in extreme conditions, but this was a step too far.

With the 18-lap stint length, drivers were pushing flat-out for every lap safe in the knowledge that tyre conservation was not needed, which with only one corner below 100kph and g-forces of above 4g at a majority of the corners, it is no wonder the drivers were struggling.

The problem was not highlighted during the Sprint owing to the fact that a sizeable chunk of the 19 laps was run behind the Safety Car in three deployments.

In mitigation, when F1 was last in Qatar in 2021, the race was on November 21st, with the 2024 event set for December 1 – six weeks after the October 8 date for ’23.

This was a let off for F1 – and one that needs a proper investigation to ensure it cannot happen ever again.

Loser – Lewis Hamilton

Now, given the conditions, it is not fair to get into picking apart a driver’s race to the normal degree.

It would be too far easy to slam Sergio Perez for what was a truly awful weekend, but he is a driver struggling for confidence at the moment having been demolished by Verstappen. An act of leniency is sometimes the kind thing to do.

That being said, Lewis Hamilton is the big loser from Qatar.

From the second the tyre blankets were taken off on the grid, the start as it played out was the only logical outcome – without the crash, that is.

On the Softs, and on the grippy racing line, he drew alongside the front-row of Medium shod Verstappen and Russell and attempted to fling it around the outside.

He nearly made it – but clipped Russell, taking full responsibility.

What did Hamilton say?

“It was just an unfortunate scenario, but I am happy to take responsibility because that is my role. I need to go back at look at it, but I don’t feel like it was George’s fault.”

Winner – McLaren

McLaren’s charge is picking up pace with an excellent weekend at Lusail, banking a one-three and two-three from the Sprint and Grand Prix.

Oscar Piastri closed to within 4.833s of Verstappen at the flag, and who knows, had Woking duo actually started second and fourth as they qualified on Friday, might they have had a chance of beating the RB19?

We’ll never know, but it is not just Aston Martin who should now be worried.

That gap has been cut to 11 points and McLaren will easily take fourth from Aston. It is now 79 points behind Ferrari. McLaren couldn’t, could it?

What did Piastri say?

“It was hot. I think also, like Lando said with the three stops, it was basically flat out. It was 57 qualifying laps which I definitely feel like I’ve done.”

Winner – Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo has been in the doldrums in 2023 as Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu trekked around the world for little reward.

But recent updates to the C43 have proved strong, with the team banking a double points finish in eighth and ninth, respectively.

Zhou even went from 18th and last on the grid to ninth by the flag – although the track limits penalties for Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly assisted that.

Bottas qualified ninth for the Grand Prix so this was a solid weekend for Alfa whose haul of six points moved it above Haas and into eighth in the standings.

What did Bottas say?

“I am really pleased with the result we brought home. It was hot and humid out there, quite extreme actually, and the conditions made it an even tougher job, but we knew we had the potential to do well – and we achieved that, thanks to a clean strategy and a flawless race.”


Volcan de mi Tierra, a renowned name in the world of premium spirits, is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with the FORMULA 1 LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX, taking place November 16-18, 2023.

To celebrate the inaugural Grand Prix™ and the brand-new Las Vegas Strip Circuit™, Volcan de mi Tierra will be releasing a limited-edition Volcan X.A, its famed X.A expression, with 3,800 numbered bottles crafted and designed as a nod to the 3.8-mile track. The exclusive bottle sports a slick asphalt-like texture and a design evoking speed, along with red accents to echo Las Vegas Strip lights and the lava of the Tequila Volcano. This special collection will be available for purchase beginning mid-October at select nightclubs and retailers in Las Vegas, with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Formula1® is all about passion, dedication and excellence –values that also drive Volcan de mi Tierra in its mission to create the world’s finest tequila,” declared Santiago Cortina, President of Volcán de Mi Tierra. “We are so excited to embody our partnership with the Las Vegas Grand Prix through this stunning limited-edition bottle, which will enhance the F1® fan experience in this iconic night spot but also from home.”

Volcan X.A and its signature F1 cocktails will be poured in the Paddock Club™ as well as other premium locations, including Wynn Grid Club™, the Elevation Lounge located on the rooftop of the brand-new Las Vegas Grand Prix Pit Building, the Las Vegas Grand Prix hospitality suites and more. Attendees will also be able to purchase Volcan at bars located within the fan zones.

“Las Vegas Grand Prix is thrilled to partner with Volcan de mi Tierra – recognized around the world as one of the finest and most iconic brands in luxury spirits,” said Emily Prazer Chief Commercial Officer of Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc. “We are constantly pursuing unique and exciting ways to elevate the Las Vegas Grand Prix experience at our inaugural event, and our partnership with Volcan de mi Tierra will undoubtedly add to the world-class hospitality and entertainment that Las Vegas is known for.”

Volcan X.A will ignite the celebration throughout race week with events scheduled across The Strip, including the official opening party at XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 15, a takeover of Zouk Nightclub at Resorts World Las Vegas with a special A-list performance on Thursday, November 16, and the race closing celebration at Omnia Nightclub on Saturday, November 18.


The FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX has announced a new shared hospitality space now available for its highly anticipated race on November 16-18, 2023. Located in the North Koval Zone, Heritage sits in the center of the action with premier views of the Koval Straightaway as drivers race to Turn 5 and around Sphere.

Throughout race weekend, Heritage will feature roaming live entertainment, and guests will have access to fan experiences within the North Koval Zone including interactive photo moments, a F1® show car, a Vegas-themed lounge and more. Additionally, each day fans will indulge in all-inclusive non-alcoholic beverages and elevated food offerings from DO & CO, the global catering company that has serviced the Formula 1 Paddock Club™ around the world for over 25 seasons.  

The space, which includes an outdoor terrace, will have a modern, sleek design with motorsport imagery and memorabilia on display that pays homage to the rich history of Formula 1®.

This three-day ticket is $4,800 per person plus taxes and fees. For more information about the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX or to purchase tickets, visit or get in touch with a sales representative via email at [email protected].

Formula 1® and Liberty Media Corporation are working together to promote the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX 2023 in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and in collaboration with Clark County. The inaugural race weekend is set for November 16-18, 2023. Taking place at night against the iconic Las Vegas backdrop, the track will see drivers reach jaw-dropping speeds of over 210 mph (340 kph) as they race around some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, hotels, and casinos on the legendary Las Vegas Strip.

Generation Defining USHER to Perform During Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show Sunday, February 11, 2024, on CBS

Apple Music, the NFL and Roc Nation announced one of the most influential artists of a generation, USHER will perform during the APPLE MUSIC
SUPER BOWL LVIII HALFTIME SHOW at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. on Sunday, February 11, 2024, airing on CBS.

“It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list. I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before,” said USHER. “Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.”

“Usher is an icon whose music has left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape throughout his career, we couldn’t be more excited to have him headline this year’s Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show,” said Seth Dudowsky, NFL Head of Music. “We look forward to working with Usher, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another Halftime Show for the history books.”

“Usher is the ultimate artist and showman. Ever since his debut at the age of 15, he’s been charting his own unique course. Beyond his flawless singing and exceptional choreography, Usher bares his soul,” said JAY-Z. “His remarkable journey has propelled him to one of the grandest stages in the world. I can’t wait to see the magic.”

“The Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show is one of the most highly anticipated music events of the year and we’re excited to bring this legendary show to fans all over the world in Spatial Audio, along with tons of exclusive videos, interviews, playlists and so much more across Apple Music,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s Vice President of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Sports, and Beats. “We are so proud of what we were able to accomplish together with the NFL and Roc Nation last year and now with the insanely talented Usher set to take the stage we’re looking forward to another incredible Halftime Show from one of the world’s all-time greatest performers.”

Apple Music hosts Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, Nadeska Alexis and more are live across Apple Music Radio worldwide discussing todays exciting news. Tune-in now at 

Apple Music’s multiyear partnership with the NFL and Roc Nation brings together the Super Bowl Halftime Show — the most-watched musical performance of the year — with Apple Music, which celebrates musicians, songwriters, producers, and fans, and offers the world’s best music listening experience with a catalog of over 100 million songs and immersive sound powered by Spatial Audio. Apple revolutionized the music experience with iPod and iTunes and continues the award-winning tradition with Apple Music. Follow @AppleMusic on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

Usher has changed music, culture, and countless lives. The multiple GRAMMY Award-winning diamond-selling international megastar, actor, dancer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist inspires change yet again in 2023 and beyond.

Beyond selling over 80 million records worldwide and collecting dozens of awards, he has simultaneously lit up the small screen on NBC’s The Voice and the big screen in blockbusters such as Hustlers. He has also tirelessly distinguished himself as a devout humanitarian, raising tens of millions of dollars for various causes and uplifting youth via his New Look Foundation. Since 1999 he has been providing opportunities for young people in underserved communities and enabling them to flourish and achieve seemingly impossible dreams. A long-time supporter and Global Citizen Ambassador, Usher has performed at events since 2015 raising awareness to defeat poverty, defend the planet and demand equity. A true outlier, he is equally at home on the stage of his sold out My Way Las Vegas residency as he was on a 2016 government cultural mission to Cuba as part of President Barack Obama’s Presidential Committee for Arts and Humanities.

The Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show telecast will be produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins serving as executive producers, and Hamish Hamilton serving as director. Roc Nation also serving as the strategic entertainment advisors of the live performance.

Viewers can expect unprecedented behind the scenes access leading to a historic performance on music’s biggest stage.

Earlier this year, the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Starring Rihanna became the most-watched halftime performance of all time. The performance garnered five Creative Arts Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Variety Special (LIVE). In 2022, Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar garnered five Creative Arts Emmy nominations. The critically acclaimed performance won three Creative Arts Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Special (Live), a first ever for the show.

For more information about Super Bowl LVIII, visit


The Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee announces volunteer locations leading up to Super Bowl LVIII for TEAM LV, powered by Caesars Entertainment and Intermountain Health. From Jan. 29 to Feb. 12, 2024, more than 8,100 volunteers will be stationed across the Las Vegas Valley, including Harry Reid International Airport, the Las Vegas Strip, and downtown with more locations to be announced.

“Las Vegas always answers the call, and everyone involved in bringing a program of this size to life has truly been incredible,” said Trevor Bobb, Senior Vice President of Volunteer Operations of the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee. “We are actively working with representatives from across the valley to ensure Team LV has substantial presence and visibility during Super Bowl week. From Harry Reid International Airport to the Strip corridor and downtown, we’re looking forward to making this Super Bowl the best one yet.”

Volunteers will play an integral role in shaping and amplifying the Super Bowl experience for countless individuals from across the globe. They will showcase the exceptional hospitality synonymous with Las Vegas and exemplify the utmost service to make every fan and visitor feel like a VIP. From the moment guests arrive until they depart, volunteers will be there every step of the way to guide and enhance the fan experience during Super Bowl Week activities. This includes welcoming visitors, directing fans, supplying event information, providing recommendations, managing volunteer headquarters and more.

Those who wish to join TEAM LV can still register online, but will be placed on a waitlist, pending confirmation of additional events and experiences leading into Super Bowl LVIII. TEAM LV volunteers will not receive tickets to Super Bowl LVIII, and positions will not be available at Allegiant Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.

For further information, please visit the TEAM LV webpage.


With 150 days to Super Bowl LVIII, the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee and United Way of Southern Nevada announced the launch of the 2024 Vegas Sports Jackpot today with assistance from legendary emcee Bruce Buffer during a private press conference at the UFC Apex. The first-of-its-kind raffle, benefiting Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee Charities and United Way of Southern Nevada, offers unprecedented access to Las Vegas’ most sought-after sporting events in 2024. 

The winner of the Vegas Sports Jackpot will score two tickets to each of the following during the 2024 calendar year:

  • Super Bowl LVIII
  • Super Bowl Experience   
  • Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade  
  • Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix  
  • Every Las Vegas Raiders Home Game   
  • 22 Vegas Golden Knights Home Games   
  • Every Henderson Silver Knights Home Game   
  • Every Las Vegas Aviators Home Game 
  • Every 2022 WNBA Champion Las Vegas Aces Home Game   
  • Every Vegas Knight Hawks Home Game   
  • Every NBA G League Ignite Home Game 
  • Performance 1-4 of The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 
  • 2 Sessions to The NBA Las Vegas Summer League   
  • Every UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Football Home Game   
  • Every UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Basketball Home Game   
  • Every UNLV Lady Rebels Basketball Home Game   
  • South Point 400 At Las Vegas Motor Speedway 
  • Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube 
  • Shriners Children’s Open   
  • The Las Vegas Bowl
  • 4 UFC Events 
  • Vegas Kick Off Classic 

“We are thrilled to launch the Vegas Sports Jackpot,” said Sam Joffray, President & CEO of the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee. “With every ticket purchased, you’re not only securing your chance at this incredible experience, but you’re also directly contributing to the well-being of our community, making a lasting impact in the lives of those who need it most.”

“Our partnership with the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee embodies the spirit of unity, community, and the power of coming together for a common cause,” said Julian High, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada. “The 2024 Vegas Sports Jackpot offers a unique raffle experience, and by participating, you not only stand a chance to be a part of the thriving Las Vegas sports scene, but you will be giving back to our beloved community, as this raffle benefits the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee Charities and United Way of Southern Nevada.”

Raffle tickets are priced at $100 per ticket and can be purchased at The ticket purchaser must be 18 years of age or older, tickets can only be purchased online via the Vegas Sports Jackpot website and tickets purchasers must be in the state of Nevada at time of purchase. There is no limit to the number of tickets purchased by an individual. The last day to purchase a raffle ticket is January 28, 2024 at 12 p.m. PST. Terms and conditions apply, and official rules and regulations can be found here. Please see website for full details.

About the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee

The Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a premier Super Bowl LVIII Experience in 2024. Serving as the liaison between the National Football League and the City of Las Vegas, Clark County, and State of Nevada, the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee unites local and national stakeholders to maximize opportunities surrounding the Super Bowl to drive lasting social, cultural, and economic impact across the region. For more information, visit and follow @lvsuperbowlhc on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

About United Way of Southern Nevada

Beginning in 2022 and into 2023, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) celebrates its 65th anniversary, and we are proud of the incredible impact we have made in our community over the past six and a half decades. United Way of Southern Nevada is dedicated to ensuring that every person in Southern Nevada can succeed. We’ve been doing this since 1957—before many of our beloved resorts and casinos lit up the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. This year, we will celebrate our successes, honor the legends who helped us get here, and inspire Southern Nevadans to support UWSN for years to come.

F1 Calendar – 2023

Mar 3 – 5Gulf Air Bahrain GP Bahrain International CircuitM. Verstappen
Mar 17 – 19STC Saudi Arabian GP Jeddah Street CircuitS. Pérez
Mar 31 – Apr 2Rolex Australian GP Melbourne Grand Prix CircuitM. Verstappen
Apr 28 – 30Azerbaijan GP Baku City CircuitS. Pérez
May 5 – Miami GP Miami International AutodromeM. Verstappen
May 19 – 21Qatar Airways Emilia Romagna GP Autodromo Enzo e Dino FerrariCanceled
May 26 – 28Monaco GP Circuit de MonacoM. Verstappen
Jun 2 – 4AWS Spanish GP Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaM. Verstappen
Jun 16 – 18Pirelli Canadian GP Circuit Gilles-VilleneuveM. Verstappen
Jun 30 – Jul 2Rolex Austrian GP Red Bull RingM. Verstappen
Jul 7 – 9Aramco British GP Silverstone CircuitM. Verstappen
Jul 21 – 23Qatar Airways Hungarian GP HungaroringM. Verstappen
Jul 28 – 30MSC Cruises Belgian GP Circuit de Spa-FrancorchampsM. Verstappen
Aug 25 – 27Heineken Dutch GP Circuit Park ZandvoortM. Verstappen
Sep 1 – 3Pirelli Italian GP Autodromo Nazionale MonzaM. Verstappen
Sep 15 – 17Singapore Airlines Singapore GP Marina Bay Street CircuitC. Sainz
Sep 22 – 24Lenovo Japanese GP Suzuka International Racing CourseSep 23 – 10:00 pmESPN2
Oct 6 – 8Qatar Airways Qatar GP Losail International CircuitOct 8 – 10:00 amESPN2
Oct 20 – 22Lenovo United States GP Circuit of the AmericasOct 22 – 12:00 pmABC/ESPN+

McLaren launches new MCL36 F1 Car

McLaren has launched its new car for the upcoming Formula One season.

The team’s drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, took the covers off the McLaren MCL36 at a launch event at the team’s factory on Friday evening.

The new McLaren, which has been built to F1’s overhauled technical regulations, features a striking livery as well as a number of interesting design ideas that contrast with the Aston Martin F1 car that was launched the day before.

The car McLaren presented to the public on Friday is the same as the one that will hit the track at the first pre-season test in Barcelona later this month, although it is also due to take part in a shakedown before that test.

McLaren is hopeful that F1’s new regulations, which are designed to promote overtaking and have reintroduced ground effect aerodynamics to the sport, could offer the opportunity to return to the front of the grid on a more permanent basis.

“Over the last year the team have been hard at work developing the MCL36, seeking to take advantage of any opportunities we might find in the design and production of these new cars,” team principal Andreas Seidl said.

“Formula One and the FIA have done an important job developing these new technical and sporting regulations, which, in combination with the cost cap, aim to create closer racing and a level-playing field for competition.”

Design concept

The car appears to follow a different design philosophy to the Aston Martin launched on Thursday as well as the initial renders of the Haas released last week. Technical director James Key said his team had considered the distinctive and louvered sidepods on the Aston Martin but opted for its more narrowly packaged design.

“I think, first of all, it’s nice to see diversity in the space of three car launches, or real car launches so far,” Key said. “So it shows that some of the fears about all cars looking identical [under the new rules] isn’t necessarily the case.

“There are a couple of different philosophies there and it’s all around trying to solve the same problem, and it’s maybe that we see several ideas along the bodywork side of things that try to do the same kind of thing.

“The wider sidepod [on the Aston Martin] is not unfamiliar to us, we have just decided to tackle the same aerodynamic problem in a slightly different way. I guess what we will find out with these things is that there are probably different philosophies and ways of doing things as cars get launched, and there are going to be some trends that establish themselves over time — we will find that the different philosophies become commonplace, but to begin with it’s a bit of an unknown.”

But Key believes the competitive order will remain fluid throughout the year as teams improve on their initial designs, and suspects it is less likely one team will dominate.

“I think there’s so much development potential still in these cars — less of a philosophy behind how these cars work — which I think will emerge over time, and that means it’s never too late to catch up if you are on the back foot or, for that matter, drop back if you start well,” Key said.

“The season is going to ebb and flow and it is going to be very transient as to who’s there on the day as we progress. The pecking order will map out later in the season, or certainly later in the season than the first race.”

Another standout feature of the MCL36 is its pull-rod front suspension layout, which is a departure from the push-rod designs that were common on the front of all F1 cars under the last set of regulations.

“It is a pull-rod front suspension, which is going to be pretty obvious when we run the car,” Key said. “You can’t really copy it very easily from this point forward and it will be interesting to see who else does that.

“We have seen that the Aston Martin is the other way around [push rod], for example. The whole front suspension layout is about aerodynamics, to be honest with you. It’s the only thing you’ve got to play with really between the entrance to the floor and the front wing.

“Depending on how you treat the front wing, and how the entry to the floor needs its flow conditioned, will set out what the best front suspension geometry is [for each car]. I think we are going to see some really interesting ideas across the grid with this, but for us it seemed like a good solution to try and it certainly has properties we are happy with.

“It was quite technically challenging, but we spent a lot of time trying to get that right and avoid the pitfalls of previous years when it was used, and I’m fairly confident it will work as expected.”

The MCL36 has a new paint scheme featuring a lighter blue reminiscent of the one-off Gulf livery the team used at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix. McLaren CEO Zak Brown said the thinking behind the new look was inspired by the positive reception to changes the team made last year but was not linked to sponsor Gulf directly.

“We’ve been evolving our livery since we’ve gone back to papaya [orange],” Brown said.

“We wanted something that was very vibrant, so we changed the shade of our papaya, it’s a darker blue, but the livery changes we did last year in Monaco and Abu Dhabi we got a lot of great fan reaction, that they like to see a lot of energy, I think it’s got some nice speeded elegance to it that we thought would go on top of the fast race car that hopefully we’ve designed this year.

“So, it’s a natural evolution and trying to make sure we give our corporate partners to stand out.”

McLaren also used the event to launch its new all-electric Extreme E programe, 2022 IndyCar programe and esports team.


Liquid Death, the beverage brand using humor to make health and sustainability 50 times more fun, announced its official partnership for the inaugural FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX 2023. This partnership brings Liquid Death’s still, sparkling and flavored sparkling water to one of the most highly anticipated racing events of the year, serving thousands of attendees daily in all fan zones.

Liquid Death will have a trackside presence at the race November 16 – 18, sharing its popular, irreverent style with a brand-new audience and offering unique fan activations and photo opportunities. Liquid Death’s still, sparkling, and flavored products will be included in all grandstand and general admission tickets throughout the weekend.

On a mission to bring “Death to Plastic, ”Liquid Death packages its products into infinitely recyclable tallboy cans, which contain 20 times more recycled material per container than plastic. At the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX, Liquid Death will provide fans with a more sustainable alternative to single-use plastic while advancing the commitment of Formula 1® to environmental stewardship.

The new partnership marks Liquid Death as the latest addition to the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER GRAND PRIX’s impressive lineup of partners.

Renee Wilm, Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Grand Prix, said:

“Both Formula 1® and Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc. are devoted to sustainability and the use of only recyclable and compostable materials at our event, so it was a natural fit to partner with a like-minded brand. We can’t wait for fans to enjoy Liquid Death beverages all weekend long and further our commitment to reducing plastic consumption.”

Mike Cessario, Co-founder & CEO of Liquid Death, added:

“We’re excited to partner up with the debut of the FORMULA 1 HEINEKENSILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX to bring our Liquid Death brand of humor and healthy beverages to thousands of passionate fans of Formula 1® racing. Through bringing our unique brand of infinitely recyclable tallboy cans of mountain water and flavored sparkling with agave, we’re adding more laughs, health, and sustainability to an already insanely awesome event.”

 About Liquid Death:

As one of the fastest growing non-alc beverage brands of all time, Liquid Death is the first bold, hilarious beverage company using humor to make health and sustainability 50 times more fun. We take the healthiest thing you can drink and package it into infinitely recyclable tallboy cans that can actually compete with the fun marketing of unhealthy brands. A portion of Liquid Death’s proceeds goes to nonprofits who are helping to fight plastic pollution and bringing clean drinking water to those in need. For more information on Liquid Death, please visit


Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV), the industry-leading global vacation ownership company, announces it will host a premier on-track hospitality suite for the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX. As an official event partner, HGV will offer an exclusive opportunity for fans to take in the spectacle of 20 cars roaring around the iconic sights of Las Vegas at over 210 mph from a luxurious setting. 

The HGV Hospitality Suite will provide an up close and personal view of one of the fastest races in the world, which will take place Nov. 16-18. With a front-row seat to the 3.8-mile track, accompanied by a world-class food and drink selection, the suite will be located in front of Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations. The 52-story resort, known for its signature mirrored façade, has sweeping views of the Las Vegas Strip that will be used for the 1.2-mile main straight, as well as a tight chicane.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this exhilarating experience in Las Vegas,” said Mark Wang, president and CEO of Hilton Grand Vacations. “Partnering with the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX for this high-energy international sporting event is the perfect way to expand our collection of sought-after travel experiences. We can’t wait for members, sponsors and guests to join us for an unforgettable weekend of immersive action on and off the track.”

HGV is known for its unparalleled experiential travel offerings through its HGV Ultimate Access program, which offers members exclusive access to once-in-a-lifetime concerts, celebrity meet-and-greets and more.

“Hilton Grand Vacations has established a stellar reputation for producing memorable travel experiences and we know they have the expertise to provide fans an unforgettable way to enjoy the inaugural race in Las Vegas,” said Emily Prazer, Chief Commercial Officer of Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc. “The elevated guest experience at the HGV Hospitality Suite paired with exceptional views of on-track action will make for an only-in-Vegas spectacle.”

Tickets for the HGV Hospitality Suite will be available to purchase on Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. PT HERE. HGV offers nightly stays at a variety of its Las Vegas resorts during race week. For more information, visit:

As the pinnacle of global motorsport, F1® is where the best drivers in the world have proven themselves in the most technologically advanced cars since the World Championship was established in 1950. In 2023, F1 will race on 23 circuits in 20 counties across five continents.

About Hilton Grand Vacations

Hilton Grand Vacations Inc.(NYSE:HGV) is recognized as a leading global timeshare company. With headquarters in Orlando, Florida, Hilton Grand Vacations develops, markets and operates a system of brand-name, high-quality vacation ownership resorts in select vacation destinations. As one of Hilton’s 19 premier brands, Hilton Grand Vacations has a reputation for delivering a consistently exceptional standard of service, and unforgettable vacation experiences for guests and more than 515,000 Club Members. Membership with the Company provides best-in-class programs, exclusive services and maximum flexibility for our Members around the world.


Announced, J Balvin, Major Lazer and Mark Ronson will headline the T-Mobile Zone at Sphere stage during the inaugural FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX November 16-18. Additional entertainment by iconic Las Vegas acts Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil will dazzle on stage and in the fan zones. Plus, fans with grandstands and general admission tickets in the East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, West Harmon Zone and T-Mobile Zone at Sphere will enjoy all-inclusive food curated by Wolfgang Puck Catering throughout race weekend.

“We are thrilled to announce such an immensely talented lineup of superstar artists during the first ever FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX,” said Renee Wilm, CEO of Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc. “In keeping with the storied history of spectacular hospitality and entertainment that Las Vegas is known for, it has been imperative for us to deliver an extraordinary set of live experiences that will no doubt be the perfect match to an equally unforgettable race weekend.


T-Mobile Zone at Sphere: Located adjacent to Turn 5G and set with the backdrop of Las Vegas’ newest landmark, Sphere, the T-Mobile Zone at Sphere stage will be home to consecutive nights of memorable performances that reflect the city’s worldwide reputation as the hottest destination for entertainment

 Thursday, Nov. 16: British music producer and songwriter Mark Ronson will bring the sounds of his top-charting tracks during his Thursday night DJ set.

• Friday, Nov. 17: Electro-house DJ A-Trak will set the stage on Friday before dance music titans Major Lazer, the GRAMMY-nominated trio of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Ape Drums, take the stage and give fans an exclusive taste of Las Vegas’ legendary nightlife scene.

• Saturday, Nov. 18: Multi-Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist and global superstar J Balvin will take to the stage to deliver an electrifying audio and visual performance you won’t want to miss ahead of ‘lights out’ on Saturday night.

T-Mobile Zone at Sphere Fan Zone

Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group: World-renowned entertainment group Cirque du Soleil and iconic trio Blue Man Group will awe fans across the circuit with world-class acts and artists from their quintessential Las Vegas shows.

East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas: The Heineken® Silver Stage, which will feature entertainment throughout the weekend as well as driver interviews, autograph sessions and more, will be located in the East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Fans with tickets located in the Main Grandstands, Skybox and Paddock Club™ will have access to the Opening Ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Nov.15.

Las Vegas Talent: Other local entertainers including popular magicians, dancers, acrobats, comedians and more will surprise and delight race fans in each zone.

Additional entertainment, including the opening ceremony lineup, Heineken® Silver Stage acts and other performance offerings, will be announced in the coming months.

Food & Beverage

Wolfgang Puck Catering, in collaboration with Food Fleet, will curate a selection of globally inspired cuisine, including some of Chef Puck’s signature favorites, to be savored nightly by all grandstand and general admission ticket holders in the East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, West Harmon Zone and T-Mobile Zone at Sphere. All hospitality structures will include food and beverages provided by DO & CO, the global catering company that has serviced the Paddock Club™ for over 27 seasons. All food and soft drinks are included in general admission and grandstand tickets and hospitality experiences include food and open bar. More details on the food and beverage program for the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX will be shared in the coming months.

All remaining on-track tickets will be available to purchase on Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (PT). American Express® Card Members will receive pre-sale access beginning on Wednesday, June 7 at 10 a.m. PT. Terms Apply. To purchase tickets, visit or contact our sales team at [email protected].

About J Balvin

J Balvin is a highly decorated global superstar and entrepreneur with wins across Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, Latin GRAMMY’s and many others. Originally hailing from Medellín, Colombia, the illustrious reggaeton superstar is one of the best-selling Latin music artists with sales of more than 35 million records worldwide. He has steadfastly broken cultural barriers and become one of the Top 10 most globally streamed artists, developing legions of fans worldwide. With passions spanning across music, fashion, art and mental health, Balvin continues to lead the charge for representation across industries. Furthering his initiative for mental health awareness and the importance of mental health resources, the global icon recently launched OYE, a bilingual, mental health and creative wellness app in both Spanish and English. With his finger on the pulse of the worlds of entertainment, fashion, digital culture and beyond, Balvin has time and again proven to be an unstoppable force and inspiration to emerging artists, entrepreneurs and the Latinx community.

About Major Lazer

Major Lazer is the global dance trio of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Ape Drums. Named for the group’s fictional figurehead, a one-armed Jamaican Zombie War commando, Major Lazer’s mission is to free the universe with music. The band has released four acclaimed albums, 2009’s Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do, 2013’s Free The Universe, 2015’s Peace Is The Mission, featuring the Diamond certified “Lean On” with DJ Snake and MØ—one of the most successful songs of all time—and 2020’s Music Is The Weapon, which features songs in five languages and collaborations with Nicki Minaj, J Balvin, Marcus Mumford, Khalid, Alessia Cara, Anitta, Paloma Mami, Busy Signal, BEAM, Shenseea, Nucleya and more. Most recently, the trio collaborated with South African breakout stars Major League Djz on a new collaborative album of amapiano music, Piano Republik, featuring contributions from Tiwa Savage, DJ Maphorisa, Joeboy and more.

About Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson is an internationally renowned DJ, OSCAR® Winner, and 7x GRAMMY Award-winning producer and songwriter. Ronson spent the first eight years of his life growing up in London, England before moving to New York City with his family. Already a keen student of music, and a huge fan of hip hop, he was 16 when he first began creating mixtapes and trying his hand at DJing. That early passion set him on a path to music production, recording and songwriting that has resulted in a career highlighted by work on a multi-Grammy-winning album by Amy Winehouse, as well as his own GRAMMY-winning, global smash hit with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk.”

About Wolfgang Puck Catering

Founded in 1998, Wolfgang Puck Catering (WPC) continues to set the standard for culinary excellence, bringing the team’s legendary combination of innovative cuisine and refined service to the worlds’ most renowned corporate, cultural and entertainment clients. Wolfgang Puck has revolutionized the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations whenever guests gather for a meal. WPC currently provides special event and business dining services at entertainment, corporate and cultural centers in major markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. For additional information, visit

About Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group is a global entertainment phenomenon, known for its award-winning theatrical productions, iconic characters and multiple creative explorations. Blue Man Group performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication. Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in 1991, the live show has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple North American and World tours, reaching more than 50 million people worldwide. Blue Man Group is universally appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds, and continually injected with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and sensory stimulating graphics. Blue Man Group is owned and operated by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. For more information, please visit

About Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment. In addition to producing world-renowned circus arts shows, the Company brings its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms, such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to positively impact people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. Since its creation in 1984, more than 378 million people have been inspired on 6 continents and 86 countries. The Canadian company now employs more than 4000 employees, including 1200 artists from 80 different nationalities. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please visit


Heineken® House, Club SI, and Club Paris have been confirmed as exciting new hospitality experiences for the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Tickets to all three hospitality experiences will be available in the third and final round of ticket sales on Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. PST. American Express® Card Members will receive pre-sale access beginning on Wednesday, June 7 at 10 a.m. PST via

Each of the unique trackside experiences will include three-day access to a dedicated vantage point overlooking the action where the twenty best drivers on the planet will race down the Las Vegas Strip and some of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

The three new hospitality experiences will include:

·      Heineken® House ($8,000 + LET and fees per person): Located in the South Koval Zone and formerly referenced as Neon, Heineken® House brings the Las Vegas’ nightlife scene trackside on the Las Vegas Strip Circuit™. The three-day ticket includes access to an energetic hospitality space pulsing with the beats of DJs and live entertainment that will have fans dancing the night away. All-inclusive food and beverage, including the new Heineken® Silver, premium cocktails and interactive premium food stations will be offered throughout the night. The three-level structure will offer breathtaking terrace views of the Koval Straightaway.

Heineken® House

Club SI ($7,000+ LET and fees per person): Sports Illustrated’s Club SI will host an immersive three-day experience on-track complete with views of the high-speed action on Las Vegas Boulevard, located at Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The ticket includes a full slate of programming with highlights ranging from celebrity guest appearances, popular DJ performances, and panels. SI’s exceptional hospitality offerings include two exclusive VIP areas, a bountiful culinary experience complete with passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations and top-shelf cocktails. Tickets to Club SI will be available on and

Club SI

Club Paris ($5,500 + LET and fees per person): Located at Paris Las Vegas and spanning Alexxa’s, Beer Park and Chateau Nightclub & Gardens, Club Paris shared hospitality will provide a range of ways to enjoy center-Strip views of the drivers jockeying for position on the iconic Las Vegas Boulevard. The three-day ticket includes food and beverage from action stations serving Alexxa’s high-end favorites and a bespoke lounge at Chateau, complete with a DJ, live entertainment and passed bites and desserts. Plus, fans can also enjoy the best in American cuisine, beer, and specialty cocktails at Beer Park, with full access to the venue’s indoor space with over 75 HDTVs as well as the 9,000-square-foot outdoor terrace with sweeping trackside views.

‍Club Paris

“Heineken® House, Club SI and Club Paris will bring fans into the heart of the action with hospitality offerings that combine the excitement of the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX with high-end, elevated experiences,” said Renee Wilm, Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc. CEO. “We look forward to providing fans from around the world with only-in-Vegas, premium experiences that match the energy of the premier sporting and entertainment event of the year.”

The final round of ticket sales will include all remaining on-track tickets. Experiences at Wynn® Grid Club, Skybox and Legacy will be available as well as Grandstands located in the East Harmon Zone Presented by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, West Harmon Zone, T-Mobile Zone at Sphere and The Mirage Zone, plus the newly announced Oracle Red Bull Racing Fan Grandstand.

Fans interested in learning more about hospitality offerings for the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX can get in touch with a sales representative via email at [email protected]. To purchase tickets on June 9, visit


Executives from Liberty Media Corporation, Formula 1® and Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc., as well as state and local elected officials participated today in a topping out ceremony at the Las Vegas Grand Prix Paddock Building. The ceremony marked a significant milestone in the construction of the only permanent structure of the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX.

The event began with a signing of the track safety barrier and continued with remarks from Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc. CEO Renee Wilm, Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali, and Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei that reinforced their ongoing commitment to making Las Vegas the official headquarters for F1® in the United States. Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo and Clark County Commission Chairman Jim Gibson highlighted the positive impact the race will have on the destination in 2023 and the next decade.

“The topping out ceremony brings us one step closer to the most highly anticipated race of the year,” said Renee Wilm, Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc. CEO. “Additionally, this milestone also reinforced Liberty Media’s long-term commitment to the goal of making Las Vegas a permanent stop on the F1 calendar.”

“The ceremony for the Las Vegas Grand Prix Paddock Building presented a significant milestone as it signifies F1’s expansion in the United States,” said Stefano Domenicali, Formula 1 President and CEO. “Las Vegas will become the official F1 headquarters in the U.S.”

“This ceremony also serves as a moment to honor and thank all who were involved in creating a building of this magnitude,” said Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO. “From local officials to the more than 400 construction workers who helped build the Las Vegas Grand Prix Paddock Building, this was a true community effort that deserves to be celebrated.”

The ceremony marks a notable moment in the construction of the Las Vegas Grand Prix Paddock Building which will serve as a hub for the highly anticipated race, set to light up the Las Vegas Strip on November 16-18, 2023. The Las Vegas Grand Prix Paddock Building will serve as the home to pit lanes, luxury hospitality offerings such as the Paddock Club and numerous other premium experiences.

When complete, the iconic pit building will become a landmark in Las Vegas, located on Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane. Upon construction completion, the Las Vegas Grand Prix Paddock Building will be the length of three football fields and stand three stories high with a rooftop overlooking The Strip, making it the largest paddock building on the race calendar.  

Formula 1® and Liberty Media Corporation are working together to promote the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The inaugural race weekend is set for November 16-18, 2023. Taking place at night against the iconic Las Vegas backdrop, the track will see drivers reach jaw-dropping speeds of over 210 mph (340 kph) as they race around some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, hotels and casinos on the legendary Las Vegas Strip.



 – by Sonja The LV Experience

Today, the NFL and the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee held a press conference to announce the extensive roster of official events and activations for Super Bowl LVIII. Peter O’Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business, Major Events, and International, Sam Joffray, President & CEO of the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee, and Steve Hill, President & CEO of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, revealed the locations of the highly anticipated week-of-Super Bowl events, including fan activations, community-driven initiatives, and more.

“We are thrilled to bring Super Bowl LVIII to Las Vegas,” said O’REILLY. “This city is a capital of sports and entertainment, always providing an incredible high-energy atmosphere for our events. We look forward to continuing the work with our local partners to provide an extraordinary experience for the Las Vegas community and show fans around the world what this city has to offer.”

“Super Bowl LVIII will mark an historic achievement for the city of Las Vegas,” said JOFFRAY. “Las Vegas is renowned for its entertainment and hospitality, and we are grateful to our community partners and elected officials for their support and collaboration in planning these monumental events. Together, we look forward to welcoming fans to the city for what will be an unforgettable week.”


  • NFL Headquarter Hotel at Caesars Palace

The NFL’s home base while on-site in Las Vegas.

  • Super Bowl Opening Night fueled by Gatorade at Allegiant Stadium

Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

Fans are invited to get a preview of the Allegiant Stadium campus ahead of Super Bowl LVIII and be there for Super Bowl Opening Night fueled by Gatorade, as Super Bowl players and coaches speak to media during their only public appearance in Las Vegas before Super Bowl Sunday.

Fans will be able to take part in family-friendly activities, including photo opportunities, exclusive merchandise by NFL Shop presented by Visa and autographs from NFL players.
(Note: No direct access to Super Bowl team players.)

Tickets for Super Bowl Opening Night are $30 and will be available in December. 

Fans can visit for the most up-to-date information.

  • Super Bowl Experience at Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

Super Bowl Experience, the NFL’s interactive football theme park, is a family-friendly event that takes place each year during Super Bowl Week. Super Bowl Experience offers fans the opportunity to collect autographs from current NFL players and Legends, shop for merchandise from NFL Shop presented by Visa, and participate in new and enhanced interactive games and youth football clinics. Super Bowl Experience will also feature photo opportunities with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a 40-yard dash against NFL players on LED screens and a Super Bowl display showcasing all 57 Super Bowl rings.

Hours of Operation & Ticket Information:

Wednesday, February 73 PM – 10 PM$25FREE
Thursday, February 83 PM – 10 PM$50FREE
Friday, February 93 PM – 10 PM$50FREE
Saturday, February 1010 AM – 10 PM$50FREE

Additionally, in a continuing effort to provide the best fan experience, this year Super Bowl Experience will introduce Sensory Hour. For a designated time on Thursday, February 8, Super Bowl Experience will be fully operational with a modified environment to accommodate those with various ability needs and sensory sensitivities.

Tickets for Super Bowl Experience will be on sale in December, and the ticket will be inclusive of all fees.

Fans can visit for the most up-to-date information.

  • Super Bowl Media Center powered by Verizon at Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Sunday, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024

The Super Bowl Media Center powered by Verizon is the hub of media activity during Super Bowl Week. The Media Center opens to credentialed media on Sunday, February 4 and is open to media 24/7 through gameday. 

  • Super Kids Super Sharing

January 2024

Pearson Community Center

NFL Green is teaming up with the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee, the Las Vegas Raiders, Clark County Parks, Verizon and others for a sports equipment, book and school supply donation project called Super Kids-Super Sharing. Taking place at Pearson Community Center, this year marks the 25th anniversary of this Super Bowl initiative, which puts new and gently used items in the hands of local kids in need. (Note: this event is private and not open to the public.)

  • 25th Annual Super Bowl Soulful Celebration at The Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024

Since its inception during Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami in 1999, the Super Bowl Soulful Celebration (formerly Super Bowl Gospel Celebration) has established a remarkable imprint during the biggest week in sports as the exclusive NFL-sanctioned multicultural program. Seamlessly blending two cherished American passions—football and music— this annual celebration is approaching its 25th year in partnership with the NFL. Bridging cultures and igniting inspiration, the Super Bowl Soulful Celebration is an unforgettable evening that transcends boundaries and unites the sports community through music. Ticket sales begin Dec. 1 For more information, visit or follow @superbowlsoulful.

  • Taste of the NFL at Keep Memory Alive Event Center
    Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

Taste of the NFL is the Super Bowl’s largest philanthropic culinary experience and the hottest ticket in town for foodie and football fans. Guests will enjoy a tasting menu curated by the country’s best chefs, both nationally renowned and locally loved. Hosted by culinary superstars Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Tim Love, Lasheeda Perry, and Mark Bucher, along with appearances by 30+ NFL greats, Taste of the NFL will offer guests a bite of the best of Super Bowl LVIII!All event proceeds will support GENYOUth, a leading national nonprofit dedicated to helping school children thrive by living a well-nourished and physically active life. Funds will be distributed to schools in Nevada and all 32 NFL markets to increase access to and participation in school meals among youth in at-risk communities and help #EndstudenthungerTaste of the NFL welcomes guests ages 21+. VIP Tickets are available at

  • Super Bowl Breakfast at Caesars Palace

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

The NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast is a private event that has taken place in the Super Bowl host city every year since 1988, drawing sellout crowds to hear from some of sport’s biggest names. The centerpiece of the breakfast is the presentation of the Bart Starr Award to a current NFL player who has demonstrated character and integrity in alignment with Starr’s lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates and community. The 37th annual event will unite Las Vegas business and civic leaders, sports fans from around the country, and football legends, including Pro Football Hall of Famers, former Bart Starr Award winners and many more.  To learn more, purchase tickets or register as a sponsor, visit

The countdown to the highly anticipated Super Bowl LVIII continues with various community initiatives led by the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee. With the support of its supporters, including Legacy Philanthropic Partner, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the committee will continue its efforts to make a lasting and meaningful impact on Southern Nevada through Super Bowl LVIII Business Connect, the UNLV internship program, the Team LV volunteer program, various charitable events and more to be announced.  


On November 18, Las Vegas will be at the center of the sporting universe when 10 teams comprising 20 drivers participate in Formula 1’s inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix. F1’s global television audience surpassed 1.5 billion during the 2022 season, translating into an average viewership of 70 million per race. Expectations are that those tuning in to see drivers top 200 miles per hour down the Las Vegas Strip will easily exceed those averages.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is another high-profile event for Southern Nevada as our community continues to defy those who said we would never be a sports town, much less the sports and entertainment capital of the world. With the event still months away and the community in the throes of preparation, it can be challenging to recognize the wide-ranging benefits the race will bring.

We tend to focus on issues like the cost and inconvenience of repaving Las Vegas Boulevard, raise concerns about incremental demand on first responders within the Resort Corridor, or juxtapose events like the Las Vegas Grand Prix with social challenges like homelessness, food insecurity or human trafficking. I respectfully submit that we are better served to acknowledge and leverage the exponential economic and fiscal returns generated by infrastructure investments. We need to ensure the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has the resources needed to make the Las Vegas Strip the safest tourism corridor in the world. This is a baseline expectation and acknowledges that our community’s social challenges are not created by and will not be solved by any race, game, match, or bout.

While the Las Vegas Grand Prix is not a panacea, its economic and social benefits are clearly additive. The most apparent of these benefits is our tourism-based economy. The economic impact of the Las Vegas Grand Prix is estimated at $1.3 billion, making it the single largest special event in Las Vegas history. Notably, over $360 million of the aggregate impact will take the form of wages paid to thousands of workers who will be employed directly or indirectly as a result of the race.

An often overlooked benefit, Las Vegas hotels will be sold out the week before Thanksgiving, transforming a traditionally slower-than-average period. MGM Resorts recently said the race is shaping up to be an “all-time record casino event,” and Wynn Resorts said the event was “made for us” because of the number of high-end visitors coming to town, including a large foreign contingent to help boost the still-recovering international visitor segment. Major hotel operators are expecting room rates to be between three and six times traditional averages, and entertainment venues, restaurants and convention and meeting spaces are all reporting strong demand at premium prices.

The hospitality industry is not the only beneficiary of increased demand and visitor spending. Higher room rates, booked restaurants and increased casino play all translate into greater revenues for state and local governments. Conservative estimates place F1-related tax receipts at nearly $83 million, including an incremental $38 million in live entertainment taxes, $23 million in hotel room taxes and $17 million in sales taxes. The most recent data suggest tax receipts will exceed $100 million—funds that will directly support schools, public safety, health care, parks and countless other state and local programs.

Further still are the social and community benefits created by F1. Among the organization’s first initiatives was the creation of the Las Vegas Grand Prix Foundation, which supports local nonprofits dedicated to improving the lives of Southern Nevadans and laid out an ambitious goal of providing one million meals to students, families and communities in need. Among the organization’s first hires was Pilar Harris, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Government Relations, who has been omnipresent in the community, building relationships and laying out F1’s initiatives to raise the bar on water and energy conservation, education programming and diversity and inclusion. To this end, it is also worth mentioning that F1’s top two Las Vegas Grand Prix executives are women: Chief Executive Officer Renee Wilm and Chief Commercial Officer Emily Prazer.

With the world watching and a couple hundred thousand people lining the 3.8-mile circuit, our greatest risk is the failure to deliver on the promise, and our greatest opportunity is the chance to exceed every expectation. That is just as true for F1 as for Southern Nevada, as ours is a partnership defined by collective responsibility.

I have every expectation that Las Vegas will once again defy the critics and the can’t-do crowd. F1 will put on a race that will captivate the world; Las Vegas will report the best November in its history and will further solidify itself as the world’s premier host city for major events; and our community will reap the benefits economically, fiscally and socially.

All the F1 launch dates in 2022.

Formula 1 launch season is well and truly under way, with the Haas F1 Team starting a busy three-week period leading up to the start of winter testing in Barcelona, which will see the all-new cars unveiled.

Launch season in 2021 was a strange affair given the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing teams to get creative, particularly as they were essentially unveiling updated versions of their 2020 models.

But 2022 is a very different story as F1 embarks on the start of a vital new rule cycle that threatens to shake up the pecking order – meaning teams will want to be particularly careful in keeping any creative design pursuits under wraps for as long as possible. It has made online launches the typical route, although some are finding ways to get fans involved and hold physical events.

The overall presentation has also varied from team to team, but there was plenty for fans to get excited about as they cross off the days before testing begins on 23 February.

Haas – 4 February

The Haas VF-22 car is the first produced by the American team out of its new design office in Maranello, and offered a sign of what the new cars will look like this year following the overhaul of the technical regulations.

Team boss Gunther Steiner was clear that the renders show it in an earlier phase of the development, with more to come when the VF-22 hits the track for the first time at Barcelona. Aside from the livery, which is an evolution of last year’s design, there was plenty for us to chew over that’s different from the renders and the show car that FOM presented last year.

Perhaps the most obvious difference is the team’s approach to the sidepods, with a very narrow inlet used to feed the radiators within. A relatively large undercut is also noticeable under the sidepod, which aligns well with the suspension elements in order that airflow might be fed around the sidepod without stealing too much from the entrance to the Venturi tunnels beneath.

Red Bull – 9 February

The Milton Keynes-based team hosted a virtual launch from its Milton Keynes factory for the new RB18, which will be driven by Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in the season ahead.

But while the model on display featured the team’s latest livery, which includes more exposure for title sponsor Oracle, the team appeared to be keeping its technical secrets under wraps for now.

The RB18 that was unveiled appeared to be just an upgraded version of the FOM concept show car that was revealed last year.

While having a different nose and wing from the FOM model, much of the car was identical – suggesting Red Bull did not wish to show off its definitive version just yet.

Aston Martin – 10 February

The Aston Martin AMR22 features an updated livery, replacing the pink elements of former major sponsor BWT with lime green, and sports an aggressive new design in line with the updated regulations for this season.

The most visually striking feature of the car is the sidepods, with a very small box-shaped inlet with bodywork that flares out to fill out some of the reference volume that’s permissible in this area.

On the top surface of the sidepod, Aston has taken the opportunity to run with cooling gills along the car’s flank, which means that, at the rear of the car, the bodywork can taper into an extreme.

McLaren – 11 February

McLaren revealed its MCL36 challenger featuring an updated livery to the team’s previous designs. In a live event on Friday held at its Woking factory featuring drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, the British squad became the fourth team to unveil its new car.

Of the three 2022 designs shown so far, the MCL36 is notable for featuring a third different take on the new regulations regarding rear bodywork – with the car being similar to Aston’s approach in extending the surfaces backwards, as opposed to Haas’ narrow and sharply drooping bodywork that leaves more of the top surface of the floor exposed.

Unlike the Aston, the new McLaren’s bodywork appears to be not so tightly packaged around its Mercedes engine.

AlphaTauri – 14 February

AlphaTauri revealed its tweaked 2022 Formula 1 livery in a video rendering of its AT03.

The new car will not be properly seen in public until next week’s first pre-season test at Barcelona in Spain, with the team only offering a concept version in a promotional video that was closely tied-in with the AlphaTauri fashion brand.

While the details of the car shown in the video were limited, they did show off the tweaked new blue-and-white color scheme, plus an aggressive undercut sidepod solution.

Williams – 15 February

Williams unveiled its new 2022 Formula 1 livery on a show car during a season launch event, before a shakedown test of its real contender at Silverstone hours later.

Team boss Jost Capito explained that it elected not to show its new colors on its actual 2022 car because: “We worked on the livery, and we wanted to have that perfect and that’s why we could only do it on the show car – because it took a while to do.”

As the team heads into the new rules’ era, it has tweaked its color scheme to a new blend of blues and red. The addition of red is said to have been inspired by a determination to promote the team’s British roots.

The real FW44 looks significantly different, with the front end, the sidepods and the engine cover area similar to that spotted on the 2022 McLaren.

Ferrari F1-75

Ferrari – 17 February

The Ferrari F1-75 was revealed by the team at its Maranello headquarters in Italy, making it the seventh team to formally launch its new car.

Following the exit of long-serving major sponsor Philip Morris and its Mission Winnow branding that featured on the car last year, Ferrari has switched to a red and black design for the coming season.

In a unique design feature, it has constructed a ‘modular’ nose concept on the new F1-75: Rather than having a single nose section, Ferrari has split its design into two separate elements. It also has dimpled sidepods, suggesting a radical radiator system beneath.

Mercedes W13

Mercedes – 18 February

Mercedes has returned to its classic silver livery for 2022 after racing with a black design for the past two years as part of its anti-racism messaging. The car features black trim and the fluorescent green of title sponsor Petronas, as well as a star-speckled design on the engine cover.

A highlight of its design is a carefully crafted floor edge in order that the airflow follows a more defined route around the lower half of the sidepods. The W13 also features a solution first seen on the W12 last season and subsequently abandoned in Merc’s Silverstone B-Spec upgrade package – the wavy edge.

Mercedes will enter the new season looking to continue its streak of eight consecutive F1 constructors’ titles stretching back to 2014.

Alpine A522

Alpine – 21 February

The French car manufacturer has changed color schemes for this season, off the back of a new title sponsorship with water company BWT, whose branding and iconic pink corporate hue features on the front wing, sidepods and rear wing.

The A522 features a push-rod suspension at the front, with pull-rod at the rear. The nose is more raised in relation to the front wing than some other rival cars, with very narrow inlets at the sidepods, which feature cooling gills that some other teams have adopted.

The new livery and car come after a winter of wider change at the outfit, following a management shake-up undertaken by CEO Laurent Rossi.

He has brought in former Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer as team principal, with former FIA man Bruno Famin joining to help head up Renault’s engine division at Viry-Chatillon.

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

Alfa Romeo – 27 February

Alfa Romeo’s launch announcement initially sparked some confusion, given it was slated for after the opening pre-season test in Barcelona (23-25 February) had already been completed.

But the team was quick to clarify that the C42 car will be featuring in the opening test, decked out in a special livery, before the final design is revealed at the launch on 27 February.

Its new car then made a shock test debut at Fiorano on 15 February.

The new line-up of Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou means the team arguably has one of the stronger narratives going into this time of year.