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Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023

Bizarre Las Vegas F1 podium procedure revealed

The Las Vegas podium ceremony will have a bit of a different feel to it as Formula 1 looks to end the weekend in style.

Las Vegas Bellagio
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The Las Vegas Grand Prix will get underway at 22:00 local time as the entire grid of Formula 1 drivers aims to become the first-ever winner around the Las Vegas Strip Circuit.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will lead the field from pole position with Max Verstappen alongside him on the front row.

Verstappen is seeking his 18th win of the campaign to extend his record of the most wins in a single season while Ferrari attempts to secure just its second victory of the year.

For the driver who takes the chequered flag in Las Vegas, as well as those who finish in second and third, the post-race podium ceremony will have a slightly different format.

Traditionally, the drivers that finish inside the top three jump out of their car in a designated area in the pit lane where interviews are immediately held.

The drivers then make their way to the cool-down room before taking to the podium where they receive their trophies and spray champagne.

However, the format will look slightly different in Las Vegas. Part of the weekend has been about the show that F1 is putting on in the famous Nevada City and it appears that the trend will continue post-race.

Immediately after the Grand Prix, the podium finishers will be escorted to the grid after parking up in the pit lane.

From there, a car will transport the trio of drivers to the nearby Bellagio Hotel where the interviews will take place, with FOM selecting the host.

After the drivers have spoken they will then be transported back to the grid where the usual podium ceremony will take place.

As a result of the new system, there will be no cool-down room after the race, in which drivers are often heard chatting among themselves about the Grand Prix.

F1 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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