The inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix is scheduled for this Saturday, November 18. However, the planners of the event, including Ross Brawn, F1’s managing director from 2017 to 2022, did not take into account the cold temperatures that Las Vegas experiences at night during this time of year.
Brawn admitted that they had not initially considered how cold it gets at night in Las Vegas, but the tire company has worked to address this issue. The evening start time of 10 p.m. PST was chosen to cater to the European audience and to take advantage of the excitement of Las Vegas at night. However, the fall weather in Las Vegas can result in temperatures dropping below freezing.
The Vegas track, with 14 corners and three major straights, presents challenges for warming tires properly, as the cold tires grip the road less effectively than warm tires. This could lead to issues with race pace and increased skidding, sliding, and lock-ups.
Despite the challenges posed by the weather, Brawn expressed confidence that the tire companies have worked to ensure the tires can cope with the cold temperatures. He acknowledged that the event is facing new challenges but believes it will still be a spectacular race.
The concerns over the cold weather and its impact on the race have raised questions about whether the planners adequately considered the climate of a late autumn desert. Nonetheless, preparations have been made to address these challenges, and the inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to be an exciting event.