Rev your engines — this fall, Formula 1 is hosting the Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix from November 16 to November 18. The three-day experience will take over the city with performances, panels and parties.
For the first time ever, the Grand Prix will be shutting down The Strip (only between 5pm and 2am Thursday through Saturday) — a far cry from the 1980s when the Caesars Palace Grand Prix was hosted in the hotel’s parking lot.
Following two nights of practice races and a qualifying round, the heart-pumping race will take place at night on Saturday, November 18 along the 3.8-mile track on one of the world’s most iconic roads that will be transformed into a top-tier circuit. Here’s your guide to all the high-speed happenings.
The Million-dollar Package
Wynn Las Vegas has an exclusive (and expensive) package costing $1m — it includes everything from a jeroboam of Dom Pérignon and a selection of caviar upon arrival to special access to opening ceremonies (on Wednesday, November 15) and the invite-only kickoff party at XS Nightclub.
The package itself is for six people and includes perks like golf, spa and salon reservations; tickets to Wynn’s new Awakening show; dinner for six at Delilah — plus lifetime membership to Private Access, the hotel’s VIP concierge service.
The accommodations include four nights in an Encore Three-bedroom Duplex — a two-story, 5,829-sq-ft space with dining and fitness rooms, a billiards table, and unparalleled views.
For the race, the package includes access to the Pit Lane Walk, where you can access the pit lane and see the cars and garages of each team; the Grid Walk, where you’ll get close to the 20 cars; and the private, members-only Wynn Grid Club — an exclusive area within the sold-out F1 Paddock Club, giving you the best views to watch the race while rubbing shoulders with F1 drivers and other VIPs.
Package guests are also given the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be driven full speed on the track as the passenger of a professional driver for a Hot Lap. In addition to VIP tours of the track and Paddock Club, the top-tier offerings also include ‘courtside’ seats, getting you as close as possible to the track during the race, and you’ll be escorted by expert hosts.
Life in the fast lane
Experience life in the fast lane with one of the higher level F1 tickets. Based on your ticket status, gain access to various zones and vantage points around the track, each with its own level of access and entertainment options. All attendees will enjoy complimentary, globally inspired food curated by Wolfgang Puck Catering, as well as nonalcoholic beverages.
For those looking for a dose of Vegas nightlife trackside, check out the premium clubs. These shared designated areas, such as the Skybox ($10,000 per person) or Heineken House ($8,000 per person), offer various DJs, performances and access to vantage points to see the cars weave through the iconic landmarks.
The top-of-the-line Paddock Club tickets ($15,000 per person) include a five-day pass to the Paddock Zone with access to the club, concierge services, transportation and exclusive F1 experiences.
For those wanting to up the ante, the Wynn Grid Club includes annual membership, a five-day ticket, a Sunday recovery brunch, exclusive meet-and-greets with drivers, access to Parc Fermé (where the cars are parked), Podium and Track Invasion viewing areas, concierge services and more.
Main grandstand ($2,500 per person), Skybox and Paddock Club ticket holders will also have access to exclusive opening ceremony events and performances on Wednesday, ahead of the big weekend.
On the town
Sin City’s latest entertainment venue, Sphere, is the place to be for three nights of concerts during the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Located just off The Strip, the 366-ft tall by 516-ft wide venue is set to open this fall, just in time for the race. With 580,000 sq ft of LEDs on its exterior, the Sphere shines brightly even among the city’s neon lights, and has the racetrack nearly wrapped around it.
F1 weekend headliners at the T-Mobile Zone at Sphere start with Mark Ronson on Thursday night and continue with Major Lazer and A-Trak on Friday and the grand finale with J Balvin on Saturday.
Most tickets include Sphere access, as the venue boasts 17,500 seats and 23 private suites. Other performances throughout the weekend will include Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Tokimonsta and Siobhan Bell. Various zones throughout the circuit will also feature local talent — from magicians and dancers to acrobats and comedians — as well as fan meet-and-greets with F1 drivers.
For off-the-track dining and entertainment Las Vegas offers global fare — snag a seat at Wynn’s lively Delilah, where your American eats are accompanied by live musical performances. While at Wynn, make sure to check out Louis XIII’s first-ever US boutique. The pop-up experience, open through November, will feature a range of offerings, including Louis XIII’s latest launch Rare Cask 42.1, available by appointment only. The Rare Cask 42.1 will be available to try at Delilah, priced at $3,500 per single ounce pour, the first time in a decade that it has been offered by the glass. For those interested in sampling the exclusive liquid, contact the Louis XIII concierge.
Over at The Venetian, which is undergoing a $1bn renovation, reserve a table at HaSalon, where a convivial Israeli dinner turns into dancing (on top of said tables); or opt for the first US outpost from celebrated chef Tetsuya Wakuda at his namesake Japanese restaurant, Wakuda. You should also check out TAO Group’s new Cathedrale French-Mediterranean restaurant within the Aria Resort and Casino.