Lewis Hamilton admits he’s unsure if ‘mad and wild’ Las Vegas Grand Prix will work

F1 returns to Sin City this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton admits he’s unsure if ‘mad and wild’ Las Vegas Grand Prix will work
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Lewis Hamilton is cautiously optimistic for the Las Vegas GP (Photo: Sky Sports / Getty)

Sir Lewis Hamilton says he is excited for this weekend’s ‘mad and wild’ Las Vegas Grand Prix, though is unsure how the event is going to work logistically.

Formula One is back in the USA this weekend for the penultimate round of the year at an all new track, some 39-years after Sin City last hosted a race.

The sport’s chiefs has gone all out to make the Las Vegas Grand Prix a show-stopping, star-studded event, with the hope that it will surpass Monaco as the jewel in F1’s crown.

It’s a huge gamble, made only bigger by recent concerns over the ridiculously high ticket prices and the disruption caused to local residents, with the famed Las Vegas strip actually forming part of the circuit.

Hamilton shares some of these concerns, especially in regard to how drivers, team personnel and fans alike will be able to get around the city, but is hopeful the weekend is a success.

‘I don’t understand how we’re going to move around that place,’ the seven-time champion told Sky Sports.

‘I don’t know how I’m going to get from the track to the hotel. It’s going to be such a compact spot, so many people, but I think it’s going to be a wild experience.

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The Las Vegas Strip Circuit will take in all the sights and sounds of Sin City – but will it provide entertaining racing? (Photo: Twitter)

‘I think the best thing is just to go with an open mind, not having any judgement, [any] predetermined ideas of what it’s going to be like and just take it all in when you get there.

‘Driving in [the] night lights, I’m gonna feel like I’m in the casino movie, so pretty cool!

‘People are going to be coming in from all over and it’s great that each city here in America gives us a different atmosphere. But the one thing is that they’ve got amazing fans, hardcore sporting fans in the United States.

‘It’s going to be mad. It’s going to be interesting to see how you can stay focused.’

With just two races left of 2023, Hamilton must go all out if he is to beat Sergio Perez to second in the standings, with the Red Bull driver 32 points clear ahead of the races in Vegas and Abu Dhabi.

But the Mercedes man has to watch his back to as Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr. are all within striking distance.

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