Formula One is taking over Las Vegas, forcing the brand-new futuristic Sphere facility to close down. The Sphere is a 111m tall venue that cost $2.3 billion USD to build and features high-definition screens on both the inside and outside of the building. It was only opened on 29 September and is hosting a 25-show residency from legendary band U2. Watch the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix SUN 19th NOV 5PM AEDT. Join Kayo now and start streaming instantly. The F1 track for the competition’s Vegas debut runs across the grounds of the facility, forcing F1’s owners Liberty Media to lease out the venue and effectively shut down the brand-new Sphere. U2 played their last show on November 4 and won’t return until December 1. Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei said, “This year we have a relationship where we’ve leased effectively the Sphere, both internally and externally.” The race will be around the Sphere and they will have a recovery brunch event inside the venue on race weekend. U2 lead singer Bono said at their final show, “We’re giving Las Vegas back to F1. If you don’t know what F1 is, it’s a sport where very tidy, lean, mean men and some extraordinary women climb onto rockets and try to stay on earth and not achieve orbit, something like that. A little like rock ‘n’ roll, actually! Less dangerous.”
The MSG (Madison Square Garden) Sphere, a new music entertainment arena, is staggering in its scale and futuristic technology.
As anyone who’s tried the Las Vegas Circuit on the latest F1 video game knows, it can be a bit tricky, especially in the middle sector. “It’s going to be very different to here, very low temperatures, of course in the night there,” Max Verstappen said. The low temperatures due to the late start, as low as 10 degrees Celsius, are also a big mystery heading into the weekend with concerns over heating up the tires.
Ex-Renault F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul has claimed a ‘cruel’ Max Verstappen has ‘broken’ his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez – such is his stunning dominance this campaign. Mercedes suffered a disaster in Sao Paulo, with promises to do better in the upcoming race. Mercedes has figured out where they went wrong, though they won’t reveal that information to the public or their rivals.