Wednesday night local time in Las Vegas saw the opening ceremony ahead of the Grand Prix weekend, with 20 drivers introduced to the public in spectacular fashion.
The latest Formula 1 weekend in Las Vegas began with a festive opening ceremony featuring fireworks and live music on Wednesday night. Some drivers, like Max Verstappen, felt like clowns during the ceremony, while others, like Charles Leclerc, believed it was necessary to attract new fans. Similar presentations have been done before in the USA, such as the race in Austin, Texas in 2017 and this year in Miami. The drivers were introduced in their team gear on a special stage with individual podiums, and the show also included performances by Kylie Minogue, John Legend, Steve Aoki, and 30 Seconds to Mars. Overall, the ceremony split opinions among the drivers and added an extra touch to the usual drivers parade.