New Formula 1 owner open to idea of night race in Las Vegas

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Formula 1’s new owner, Liberty Media, has expressed an interest in staging a night race in Las Vegas as part of a drive to expand the number of races on the sport’s calendar.

Liberty confirmed in September that it had struck a deal with F1’s current majority shareholder, CVC, to take over the series in a deal that will be completed in 2017.

Liberty’s arrival has led to suggestions of the current 21-race calendar expanding in the coming years, including the possible addition of more races in the United States.

Speaking in a conference earlier this week, Liberty chief executive Greg Maffei said there was scope for the number of races in a season to grow before highlighting Las Vegas an area of interest.

“There is a general line of interest if you increase the number of races to a point. The FIA makes more money, the teams make more money, we make more money,” Maffei said, as quoted by Reuters.

“Obviously there is a limit on how much you can do. Just getting the cars around the world, but I think we can expect to grow the amount of races to a mild degree.

“I particularly like the idea of a night race in Las Vegas.”

The idea of hosting a grand prix in Las Vegas has been raised before in recent years, with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone confirming talks earlier this year before saying that he was “struggling a little bit” to strike a deal.