Briatore Wants F1 Return to Las Vegas

Renault team boss Flavio Briatore wants Formula One to return to Las Vegas for a second race in the United States

Briatore Wants F1 Return to Las Vegas

The Nevada casino city hosted season-ending US Grands Prix in the parking lots next to Caesar's Palace in 1981, when Brazilian Nelson Piquet won the title, and 1982.

"North America is very important for Formula One," said Briatore, whose Championship-leading team compete at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday before the US round at Indianapolis on June 19.

"You know (Formula One supremo) Bernie (Ecclestone) has tried very hard to have a race in Las Vegas and we have a few friends from Las Vegas visiting Formula One this weekend and I hope we start talking," he added.

"I hope one day we will have a race there...it would be magic to have another race in North America."

Back in April, Briatore also said he would like New York to host a Formula One race.

This year's 19-round Formula One calendar already has more races than ever. Several other countries are also seeking a Grand Prix, including South Africa and Russia.

However, the United States represents a key market for the major car manufacturers involved in the sport as well as sponsors.

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