George Russell believes the inaugural race at the Las Vegas Strip Circuit will fail to deliver the level of overtaking
Formula 1 is returning to Las Vegas, featuring a street track that boasts a 1.9km straight down the Strip boulevard. While some drivers, like George Russell, feel that the venue lacks character and challenge compared to traditional circuits, they acknowledge that these newer additions prioritize excitement for fans. Due to the long straights and minimal downforce, overtaking may be harder than expected, as the slipstream effect won’t be significant. The track’s layout has drawn comparisons to the Baku City Circuit, and Lewis Hamilton hopes it promotes a chaotic race with lots of overtaking. Valtteri Bottas agrees with Russell but believes there will be plenty of on-track duels. Overall, the drivers understand the need to embrace change and prioritize entertaining races.