If you’ve been in hibernation or taking a vacation on Mars for the past year, there’s a wild tale about the Las Vegas Grand Prix waiting for you. Max Verstappen, the F1 champion since October, casually added the Vegas event to his list of victories, making the race results a bit of an afterthought.
Vegas Redux: High Stakes and Fast Cars
David Hill’s piece, titled “Formula 1 Bet Big on Vegas. Did It Pay Off?” feels like a stroll down memory lane, rehashing the flood of stories that inundated the media before, during, and after the race. It’s not just anticlimactic at this point; it’s downright uninteresting. The FIA, aka the Formula 1 organization, isn’t dwelling on the past either; they’re busy looking forward. Just recently, they announced that this year’s Vegas race is set for November 23.
Beyond the Checkered Flag: Impressions, Money Talks, and a Loose Drain Cover Drama
What’s left to fill the pages are the reporter’s takeaways, the predictable quotes, constant references to dollars spent and earned, and a dash of drama — like the loose drain cover that played havoc with Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari during practice. It might not be groundbreaking news for seasoned fans, but for those returning from outer space, it could be a useful catch-up.
For those just dipping their toes into F1 waters, there’s a rich history to explore. Of course, there’s the obligatory nod to the Netflix docuseries “Drive to Survive,” hailed for finally sparking interest in the sport across the United States.
Hill paints a vivid picture of the colossal task of turning the Vegas Strip into a racetrack, but it’s all old news by now. Attendees chime in with their thoughts, like David Woodley, the chief revenue officer for BallIsLife, who quips, “The guys working on this are like rocket scientists. They could be solving the problems of the world, but they’re out there trying to find an extra 10th of a second.”
Star-Studded Paddock and the $17 Million Bid for Hamilton’s Ride
Celebrities roam the paddock, with Ryan Reynolds, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky making appearances. Bad Bunny, on the other hand, makes a beeline for the hospitality suites. Hill also spills the beans on the auction at the Wynn, where Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 car fetched an impressive $17 million.
If my eyes aren’t deceiving me, I combed through thousands of words without spotting a mention of the Sphere by Hill. It seems like he might have missed the real story.