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Name chosen for Las Vegas Grand Prix circuit · RaceFans

Las Vegas, 2022

In the round-up: The new circuit in Las Vegas which Formula 1 will race on for the first time in November has been named after the famous Strip which the cars will race along.

In brief

Las Vegas circuit name confirmed

The organisers of the Las Vegas Grand Prix have confirmed their application to trademark the Las Vegas Strip Circuit title for their new track has been approved.

The name reflects the famous strip renowned for its many hotels and casino which F1 cars will race along at speed of up to 340kph. The new event, which will be the first for 38 years to take place on a Saturday, is the penultimate round of the championship.

Starting well the best way for Alfa Romeo to score points – Pujolar

Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering, Xevi Pujolar, says the work the team has done addressing the poor starts it made last year is the best thing the team can do to help score points.

Valtteri Bottas took four points in the opening round in Bahrain in eighth place after gaining four positions on the opening lap. Last year Bottas lost more combined places on lap one than any other driver over the 22 rounds.

“It’s something that we have been working on over the winter,” Pujolar said, “trying to improve the starts and lap one. That’s what we want to have for both cars moving forward.

“If we can start in the top ten, but then keep or gain positions like this, getting out of the traffic is the best way to be able to reach points.”

Vips replaces injured Harvey at test test

Juri Vips stepped into Jack Harvey’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan car for a private team test at Barber Motorsports Park yesterday. Harvey was not cleared by IndyCar’s medical team following the injuries he sustained in the season-opening race at St Petersburg.

Harvey was involved in a multi-car crash when he was unable to avoid Rinus VeeKay’s car which had hit the tyre wall and was hit from behind by Kyle Kirkwood, who flew over the rear of Harvey’s car.

Harvey was supposed to participate in the three-car test for the team but former Formula 2 driver Vips was drafted in to replace him. Harvey will be evaluated again by IndyCar’s medical team ahead of the next round at Texas Motor Speedway on April 2nd.

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