Why exactly is the 2023 F1 Las Vegas on a Saturday – the first such F1 race since 1985?
The last Saturday Grand Prix in Formula 1 was in 1985, which took place in Kyalami, South Africa. Now, in 2023, F1 is planning to have the Las Vegas Grand Prix start at 22:00 local time on a Saturday night. This departure from the traditional Sunday races is due to the time difference between Las Vegas and other regions. Las Vegas is eight hours behind the UK’s Greenwich Mean Time and nine hours behind Central European Time. If the race started at 22:00 on Sunday night, it would be early Monday morning in Europe, when most people are getting ready for work. In the US, it would be a late-night race on the East Coast, and an even earlier start in Las Vegas. Therefore, to accommodate a larger audience, F1 opted for a Saturday night race in Las Vegas, similar to the schedule of the Japanese Grand Prix, allowing for a primetime event along the famous Las Vegas Strip.