In a difference from the usual tradition, the latest Formula 1 weekend kicked off as early as Wednesday in Las Vegas as a festive opening ceremony was held late Wednesday night.
There were fireworks and live music on display in a ceremony that split opinion across the grid.
Max Verstappen described that he felt like a “clown” throughout the procedure however Ferrari's Charles Leclerc suggested such demonstrations are important to attract new fans.
These types of ceremonies have been present before in the USA, with the race from Austin, Texas in 2017 having driver introductions before the start of the race - a similar presentation was used this year in Miami.
Musical acts and driver introductions
In addition to performances by Kylie Minogue, John Legend, Steve Aoki and 30 Seconds to Mars, the drivers were introduced in their team gear.
The 20 racers were revealed on a special raised stage, with each team having their own podium. Also involved in the show were fireworks, something different from the usual drivers parade.
View the photos of the drivers during the Las Vegas opening ceremony below.