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In the round-up: Fernando Alonso expected Formula 1’s Las Vegas track layout to be “much slower” than the design it revealed.

In brief

Las Vegas will be “super fast” – Alonso

Alonso says the Las Vegas street track F1 will race on for the first time next year is a much quicker layout than he expected.

“It’s going to be super fast,” he remarked in a video released by Alpine. “I thought it was much slower.”

The 6.1-kilometre layout, which was revealed by F1 last month, includes 14 turns, but many of those are expected to be taken flat-out. Cars will hit top speed on The Strip, where drivers will keep the throttle open for almost two uninterrupted kilometres.

“I’m surprised about the speed that you will get on those,” said Alonso. “I thought it was more like Baku, the style, with a lot of corners and maybe one long straight. But this is all straights.”

Las Vegas street circuit for 2023 F1 race - track map with corner numbers Las Vegas street circuit for 2023 F1 race

Alonso’s team mate Esteban Ocon expects teams will use “Monza or less wing level” at the track, and said F1’s simulations of a 342kph top speeds are likely to be exceeded in race conditions.

“They predict 342, but that’s alone,” Ocon observed, noting that in the race speeds of “360, 370 with tows and DRS” may be possible. These would be among the highest top speeds seen at any circuit.

  • 342kph along the Strip: First look at F1’s new Las Vegas street circuit

Penske sees room for more ovals on IndyCar calendar

IndyCar owner Roger Penske believes there’s room for more oval races to be added to future IndyCar calendars.

Of the 17 races on this season’s schedule, only five will take place around ovals. Penske says that he believes there is room for more ovals on the calendar.

“If we can get the right event in the right location, I would lean more towards adding ovals than I would road courses or street courses, because that’s the differentiation for us from any other form of racing,” Penske said to Racer.

“The diversity in our schedule with street courses and road courses and ovals, I want to maintain that mix for the future.”

Drugovich quickest on final F2 test day

Formula 2 championship leader Felipe Drugovich was fastest of all on the third and final day of F2 testing in Barcelona on Thursday.

The MP Motorsport driver set the overall fastest lap of a 1’27.529 in the warmest conditions of the test in the morning session. Carlin driver Liam Lawson was second quickest, with Jack Doohan third for Virtuosi.

The next two Formula 2 rounds will take place at Imola next weekend alongside Formula 1 at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

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