Low temperatures were not taken into account when Formula 1 scheduled the Las Vegas Grand Prix in November.
‣ Ross Brawn admitted that low temperatures were not considered when planning the Las Vegas Grand Prix
‣ The race takes place late in the evening, leading to very low minimum temperatures
‣ Tyre company Pirelli has worked to ensure that the tyres can cope with the cold temperatures
‣ Pirelli predicted that there would be a lot of complaints from drivers about the cold temperatures during the race
The Las Vegas Grand Prix was never anticipated to be a race with low temperatures, Ross Brawn admits. When the planning began, Formula 1 did not consider the possibility of very low minimum temperatures for the November event. However, Brawn acknowledges that temperatures drop rapidly in the gambling city as it gets very, very cold at night. “The one thing we hadn’t considered initially but the tyre company have dealt with is it gets very, very cold at night,” said Brawn in Conversation with TalkSport.
Despite the lack of prior anticipation of the issue, Pirelli has been proactive in taking measures to ensure the cars and tyres can handle the low temperatures. Brawn added, “So, it can be really quite cold and of course getting the cars to work in those temperatures can be a challenge. The tyre companies have done some work to make sure the tyres can cope with that.” Pirelli, the tyre manufacturer, even predicted a lot of complaints from drivers due to the low temperatures in the preview of the race weekend.
With the Las Vegas Grand Prix taking place late on a Saturday evening, it will undoubtedly be a challenge for drivers and teams to navigate the race in such extreme conditions. The lack of foresight concerning the low temperatures during the planning stages calls for more efficient preparations to ensure that the Las Vegas night does not become a nightmare for the drivers and teams.