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Vettel: I'd rather race at Bathurst than Las Vegas!

Sebastian Vettel has said he'd prefer to go racing at Australia's legendary Mount Panorama circuit, rather than head to Las Vegas...

Sebastian Vettel has said that he'd much rather that Formula 1 decided to head to Australia's Mount Panorama circuit in New South Wales, the venue that plays host to the annual Bathurst 1000, rather than race in Las Vegas. F1 recently announced that the sport will have a third race in the United States from 2023, with Las Vegas joining the calendar alongside Miami and Austin. The cars will drive down a section of the Las Vegas Strip as part of the circuit, with the hotels, casinos, and neon lighting forming the backdrop for the new event. But, despite the promised glamour and glitz of the occasion, Vettel revealed he'd much rather be heading to the spectacular Australian circuit.

Vettel: Bathurst is a "monster" track

"I'd rather go to Bathurst!" Vettel said at a recent Aston Martin fan forum during the Australian Grand Prix weekend. "[We could] take the cash we'll take to Vegas and invest it in great tracks that already exist. "That would be a real challenge. I think that track is a monster. "I've never been but, one day, I hope to go and experience it." Mount Panorama would require extensive work to meet the FIA's exacting Grade 1 standards needed to be suitable as a Grand Prix venue, with the track currently only rated by the governing body as Grade 3.

Vettel not a fan of Las Vegas

The four-time World Champion laughed when asked for his thoughts on F1 heading off to the gambling capital of the world for its inaugural race in 2023, revealing that he's no fan of the city. "To be honest, I've been to Vegas," he admitted. "I didn't really like it. I think it's too busy and people misbehave. "Nothing against misbehaving, but it's just when you go too far. Vegas seems to be a hotspot for people who just go too far, when it's not funny anymore."

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