After what has been an astounding journey across Europe, Formula 1 is all set to enter Asia with the forthcoming Singapore Grand Prix before eventually stepping forth into the United States for a grand finesse to the season. Furthermore, there is absolutely no denying that Las Vegas has been the biggest talking point of this year, with the inaugural F1 event set to unfold on the very Las Vegas Strip in a couple of months’ time.
Unfortunately, hosting an event of such caliber in one of the busiest tourist destinations on earth comes with a heavy price. In the hopes of promoting F1 in the United States, Liberty Media and the FIA have had to compromise on quite a lot of factors which includes breaking the sport’s 38-year tradition. For the first time since 1985, an F1 race will be taking place on a Saturday, meaning a major mix-up in terms of session timings.
While afternoon and evening races are proving to be a common sight in the sport’s growing seasonal calendar, Las Vegas will be hosting F1’s first-ever midnight race, with the main race set to begin around 12:00 AM. But, here’s something more bizarre and shocking; the qualifying session will take place at 2:00 AM local time.
And of course, this has left quite a lot of American fans fuming, with many demanding the FIA to care about fans from the Western continent, and not just Europeans including the English.
How F1 fans reacted to the latest Las Vegas GP revelation
While the strange one-off timings are a blessing for the British viewers, it certainly isn’t good news for Americans, who will be forced to pull off an all-nighter on both Friday and Saturday. Hence, several fans reached out to social media to voice out their frustration against F1 and the FIA for unveiling such uncomfortable session timings for the weekend.
One fan wrote, “They should focus on American fans. We wake up at 2AM to watch races overseas, they can do the same.” Here are more such reactions from the F1 fans in the United States.
They should focus on American fans. We wake up at 2AM to watch races overseas, they can do the same
— Charles Jones (@ChasBWI) September 10, 2023
I was also annoyed with a 1am race for the east coast.. like what?
— phillip 🇾🇪 (@pdishion) September 10, 2023
Bruh this is so dumb LOL atleast compromise at doing it at 10pm …
— TENAL (@TTenal) September 10, 2023
Overall, the location is perfect for F1 to host a midnight race, with Las Vegas proving to be one of the most lively places in the entire country. Hence, can the likes of Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, and other racing stars put together a show for the viewers? Let’s see what the future holds.