In the round-up: The Las Vegas Grand Prix promoters will release additional general admission tickets for November’s inaugural event but they will not offer a view of the race.
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Las Vegas GP to offer tickets without view of track
The limited number of general admission tickets for the Las Vegas Grand Prix have sold out. While the promoter intends to offer more, these additional tickets will not give buyers a view of the Las Vegas Strip Circuit during the race, instead giving access to a “watch party” nearby.
“We were unfortunately only able to accommodate a limited number of on-track general admission (GA) tickets for the inaugural race,” the promoter said in a statement supplied to RaceFans. “All 1,800 of these GA tickets were made available for purchase during both of our on-sale periods, which included all pre-sales and the public on-sale and have sold out due to extremely high demand.
“Although not on-track, we do expect tickets to be made available later this year for a one-of-a kind watch party on the iconic Las Vegas Strip. This event will allow fans to enjoy the excitement of race weekend, together with live music and entertainment acts from celebrated artists, at a cost-effective price point.
“Details of this experience will be made available in the coming months, and, with respect to future race years, we remain committed to exploring opportunities to create additional on-track GA tickets.”
Wolff “couldn’t wish for better support” from shareholders
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team have “so much support” from team shareholders Ola Kallenius from Mercedes Benz and Sir Jim Ratcliffe of Ineos.
Mercedes have endured a second successfully disappointing start to an F1 season, well behind rivals Red Bull who have dominated the first two rounds. But Wolff says the pair continue to offer unwavering support.
“The people in charge in Mercedes and in Ineos, they are high performance individuals – be it in the core business or in sports,” Wolff said.
“We have all been through downs and ups and there is so much support from them in order to get us back on track. Neither Jim nor Ola or all the others that are associated with this – you couldn’t wish for better support.”
Rules tweaks for 2023 made cars “tricker” – Magnussen
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen says that 2023 cars are “trickier” to driver after aerodynamic rules were modified in a bid to curb porpoising.
The FIA tweaked rules governing ride heights and car floors for 2023 to try and reduce the level of porpoising drivers experienced in the new ground effect cars last year. Magnussen says they may have also affected handling and the ability of cars to follow closely.
“I think that the cars have become a little trickier this year with the tweaks that that there was to the rules and the floor,” said Magnussen. “They’re a little more sensitive in a few areas like wind – when you get a gust of wind, you can feel that a little more, in traffic with dirty air and stuff like that. So, there are definitely weaknesses that we’re working on.”
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