F1 cuts down on steep GP venue fees


F1 to cut license fees for businesses close to the race track Image: Formula 1

The Formula One has reportedly decided to recalibrate its initial plan that would have seen Las Vegas (US) venues pay hefty licensing fees to gain unobstructed views of the inaugural Grand Prix race.

‘si.com’ stated that initially, F1 had set a high bar, asking for a licensing fee of $1,500 per individual. For venues with large capacities, this could have translated to an overwhelming charge of up to $3 million.

London (UK)-based the Formula One is the highest class of international racing for open-wheel single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The FIA Formula One World Championship has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950.

Paris (France)-based the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) is an association established on June 20th, 1904 to represent the interests of the motoring organizations and motor car users. It is the governing body for many auto racing events, including Formula One. The FIA also promotes road safety around the world.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is a planned Formula One Grand Prix due to form part of the 2023 Formula One World Championship, with the event taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada (US), on a temporary street circuit including the Las Vegas Strip. The first race is scheduled for November 18th, 2023.

‘si.com’ further stated that however, following deliberations and a significant amount of backlash, they reduced this figure considerably, settling on a flat rate of approximately $50,000 for each venue. This decision was made in light of potential challenges the venues could face, including obstructions if they did not comply with the steep fees.

Although similar licensing charges have been levied by F1 in international venues like Monaco, the Las Vegas scenario presents its own set of challenges. The City’s heartbeat is its casinos, which rely on high-end gamblers making frequent visits. The local business leaders suggest that an expensive F1 experience might deter these gamblers from making repeat visits in a short span.

As a sweetener for the $50,000 fee, venues will receive direct access to live footage of the Las Vegas Grand Prix. However, there’s been vocal concern over the principle of the matter, with stakeholders questioning the fairness of F1’s approach, especially towards businesses that have made significant investments in the City.

In anticipation of the racing event, the City of Las Vegas has poured resources into infrastructure, notably refurbishing the renowned Las Vegas Strip. The race will be taking place from November 16th-18th and is set to be on the Formula One calendar until 2032.

Lined with upscale casino hotels, the neon-soaked Strip is quintessential Las Vegas. As well as gambling floors, the vast hotel complexes house a variety of shops, restaurants (ranging from mainstream to high-end) and performance venues for music, comedy and circus-style acts. Attractions like the soaring, choreographed Fountains of Bellagio and the High Roller observation wheel draw crowds.

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