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2016-08-19 12:04

VIVA LAS VEGAS? Talk of a potential of Grand Prix in Las Vegas, Nevada is unlikely according to track designer Dr Carsten Tilke. Image: AP / Luca Bruno

Las Vegas - Plans to take Formula 1 back to Las Vegas remain in the air for now.

That is the news from Dr Carsten Tilke, the son of grand prix circuit designer Hermann Tilke.

Carsten has a central role at his father's circuit-designing company, which has been engaged to start work on a project in the casino city in Nevada, USA.

'Track layout already designed' 

Dr Tilke told Spox: "We have already developed an interesting potential track layout, which we'd love to implement. 

"Las Vegas would surely be another spectacular highlight on the F1 calendar." 

Dr Tilke explained: "The difficulty is to manage the project within the given area and the runoff, then you need a place for the paddock and the pits, and in the city there are very few options.

"The paddock is therefore a determining factor."

Read: Ecclestone eyeing F1 race in Las Vegas?

And another major issue is an actual deal with a promoter and Bernie Ecclestone.

Carsten said: "Supposedly there are talks between Bernie and the people in Las Vegas, must simply wait until the contracts are signed.  We will see what comes of it but we'd be very happy if it does end up taking place."

Another circuit project Tilke is working on is in Kuwait, with a corner he says combines the iconic Carousel at the Norschleife with Laguna Seca's Corkscrew.

As for any F1 ambitions for Kuwait, however, Dr Tilke said: "Although the track will be F1 standard, at the moment it doesn't look like F1 will be there in the near future."


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