F1 Las Vegas GP Launch Party

Caesars Palace hosted F1’s Las Vegas GP Launch Party, an event in which fans could get get a taste of what to expect at next year’s Grand Prix.

It was an all day affair with plenty to do during the day and live music and demonstrations with the cars driven by Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and Sergio Perez in the evening.

My social batteries were well and truly drained after 4 days at SEMA, so I’m afraid I only popped over to Caesars for an hour or so. I know I missed a lot of the action (drones forming the shape of an F1 car spring to mind) but it was still an interesting experience and I’d still like to share what I saw with you all.

There were plenty of cars on display. It’s always a special opportunity to be able to see modern F1 cars in person, especially this close up. They looked absolutely fantastic under the Nevada sun.

The only other time I’ve been able to get access to them like this was at Autosport International – just before the pandemic in 2020: https://motorsportformentalhealth.com/2020/01/14/autosport-international-2020/

It always surprises me how massive they are in comparison to the cars from the 1960s and 1970s that are more frequently featured on this blog at events like Masters at Brands Hatch: https://motorsportformentalhealth.com/2021/05/31/brands-hatch-masters-2021/

The AMG GTR in CrowdStrike livery. CrowdStrike are a cyber-security company who have partnered with the Mercedes AMG team.

At the center of the event was this stage and huge screen. During the day it was showing a replay of (if I recall correctly) the Mexican Grand Prix. In the evening The Killers played a set.

Esports Simulators and a Pit Stop Challenge allowed fans to get hands on with the sport.

I’m afraid that’s all I’ve got for you today. As I said at the start my social batteries were just drained from SEMA so I didn’t stay at the launch party for too long. I wanted to try to squeeze a post out of what I had captured though. It’s always cool to see F1 cars!

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