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Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023

Ex F1 driver makes striking statement: 'Las Vegas is an easy circuit'

The mix of unusual temperatures, new asphalt, and condensed schedule means Las Vegas could throw up a challenge for drivers. But former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa has a different take on the matter.

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The upcoming Las Vegas Grand Prix will see drivers take part in a condensed weekend format and low average temperatures.

The usual practice sessions will take place on Thursday, while third practice will follow on Friday, with qualifying finishing at 01:00 on Saturday local time and the race taking place in the evening at 22:00.

Temperatures can reach below ten degrees celsius at that time in the evening in Nevada, although it looks like it will be around 15 degrees celsius for the race weekend.

Former Formula 1 driver Pedro de la Rosa believes the combination of the new track and condensed scheduling at the Las Vegas circuit will be a challenge for drivers and teams.

"It's intense for everyone," De La Rosa told the F1 Nation podcast.

"But really, it's not an issue because there's many things that are for the drivers easy in Las Vegas."

De La Rosa: You don't need to stress yourself

Although the low temperatures were a concern, De La Rosa explains that it could work in the drivers favour during the weekend.

"The temperature will be helpful. Dehydration levels will be very low or non existent, the cooler it is the easier it is for the driver, the more oxygen there is in the air," he continued.

"So basically your pulse rate becomes lower, and there are long straights in Las Vegas.

"Every long straight means that you take a breath, you have time for a drink. You don't need to stress yourself for a few seconds.

"So it is very easy. I think it will be an easy track for the race drivers."

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