EA Offers First Look at Las Vegas Circuit in F1 23

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For the first time since 1982, the Formula 1 circus has scheduled a stop in Nevada in 2023: The Las Vegas Grand Prix will be the penultimate event of the 22-race season. Unlike in the 1980s, the circuit is not situated in a casinon's parking lot this time, however. Instead, incorporates the famous Las Vegas Strip - and the track is set to make its debut in F1 23 accordingly. EA Sports has now offered a first look at the colorful track.

Image Credit: EA Sports

While the 1982 circuit at Caesars Palace featured a repetetive and unpopular layout, the new 6.12 kilometer circuit is going to be a different animal: Much in the vein of recent F1 street circuits like Jeddah or Miami, Vegas is a high-speed affair under the lights with at least three sections that allow the cars to really stretch their legs. You can watch the preview video here.

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Characteristic buildings and landmarks have been recreated around the track. Image Credit: EA Sports

The race is scheduled for November 18th, and as a result, the real circuit has not been set up yet - that did not stop EA Sports from completing it virtually anyway: Over 1900 hours of work and countless photos went into the creation of the track. "Our team designed a wonderful virtual recreation of one of the most exciting and striking cities in the world. The sheer scale and density of the buildings in Las Vegas has been a fun challenge for the team along with the vibrance and energy of The Strip lit up for the Saturday night race", said Lee Mather, Senior Creative Director at Codemasters.

Monza-like Average Speeds​

Visually, the Las Vegas Grand Prix Circuit is an impressive affair: The neon lights around the track give it the unmistakeable Vegas flair, with the cars reflecting them and the track lights beautifully. The enormous and recognizable buildings close to and directly next to The Strip and the countless palm trees can not be admired for long during the 50-lap race, though, as cars hit average speeds comparable to Monza - meaning the scenery is going to be a blur flying by most of the time.

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Long full-throttle sections are characteristic for the new Las Vegas circuit. Image Credit: racingcircuits.info

As F1 23 is scheduled to be released on June 16th, the circuit gives drivers and fans the opportunity to gather first impressions before the actual race towards the end of the year. The long full-throttle section on The Strip heading into the Turn 14-16 complex should be one of the most important parts of the track - expect slipstream and DRS battles aplenty heading into the hard braking zone.

Your Thoughts​

The layout of the track itself is subject to debate, however. Many fans might deem it too similar to the recent street circuits F1 has added, others might find its high-speed nature close to the barriers highly exciting. Which side of the fence are you on? Let us know in the comments below!
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Woah, a track without some absolutely pointless chicane thrown in for no reason. About time. Hate those stupid pointless chicances. (I'm looking at you Miami).

Looks good.
 
Woah, a track without some absolutely pointless chicane thrown in for no reason. About time. Hate those stupid pointless chicances. (I'm looking at you Miami).

Looks good.
T7-T8 and T12 looks like a chicane :roflmao:
But maybe not stupid ones ^^
 
I don't care what anyone says about EA/Codemasters, this track looks amazing and I'll definitely be buying this new release for sure. Heck, I think I'll pre-order it right now.
 
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tried in with AC. i really like Vegas. Along with Miami. Two great tracks in Usa to me. But the best "new" track in F1 has to come. Losail has a flow that never ends
 
The only first look that I'm interested in is if they fixed the jitter/stutter head movement bug in VR. The rest is not interested if that's not fixed since VR was unusable in 22.
 
though the environment looks fantastic, the layout seems a bit boring to me.
Too much flow ;)
Didnt Walter Röhrl say "straits are for fast cars, turns for fast drivers" ?
 
High quality content right here.

I mean, I already had a first look in AC. The track resembles worse ones of Indycar street circuits. A bit of Vancouver claustrophobia, but without any particularly demanding corners.

Hate those stupid pointless chicances. (I'm looking at you Miami).
In Miami, the chicane at least requires some finesse to navigate. But I'm a sucker for difficult corners, and liked both Yas Marina and Albert Park before they were nerfed. Do we not want the drivers to experience some predicament on the track?
 
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I hope that performance will not be impacted by all these lights. I already have FPS drops during replay in F1 22 ( I7 9700K ; Nvidia 4070 ; 32GO ram, M2 Disk).
 
The only first look that I'm interested in is if they fixed the jitter/stutter head movement bug in VR. The rest is not interested if that's not fixed since VR was unusable in 22.
So far, they haven't fixed it in F1 23 yet. I suggested to them after beta testing that the development team give up on SteamVR and start testing out OpenXR with OpenXR Toolkit, because with the toolkit you can get rid of the stutters, only problem is the game crashes on me in no time at all when running OpenXR.
 

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