Lewis Hamilton handed Las Vegas ban ahead of historic F1 Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton has been given a Las Vegas ban ahead of the historic Formula 1 Grand Prix in Nevada this weekend.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix promises to be one of the best events in the sport’s history as F1 returns to Sin City for the first time in 41 years.
Preparations are well underway with an opening ceremony set to take place on Wednesday night with all 20 drivers set to take part.
Ahead of the race weekend, seven-time world champion and Mercedes star Hamilton has already been told he will be banned from going to the casinos.
Team boss Toto Wolff told MotorSport.com: “I've never been to Las Vegas, but we'll do our best to make sure everyone in the team stays away from the casinos.
“I don't gamble and I'll make sure no one else gambles either!”
He added: “I think everyone is looking forward to the Las Vegas race. acing in this city is comparable to climbing Everest, hats off to Liberty Media for organising this race. I don't think I'm the only one in Formula One who has never been to this city, which is quite difficult to get around.
“We don't know how to get from the hotel to the circuit and back, but I'm sure we'll find a solution. I'm looking forward to the race.”
Speaking about the race, Hamilton told Sky Sports: “I just don’t understand how we’re gonna move around this place. I don’t understand how we’re gonna get from the track to the hotel.
“It’s gonna be such a compact spot [with] so many people. But I think it’s gonna be wild. It’s gonna be a wild experience and the best thing is just to go with an open mind, not having any pre-determined ideas of what it’s gonna be like and just take it all in when you get there. Driving in [the] night lights, I’m gonna feel like I’m in the casino movie, so pretty cool.”
However, world champion Max Verstappen didn’t sound too keen, he said: “First of all, I think we are there more for the show than the racing itself if you look at the layout of the track.
“But you know, I’m actually not that into it. I’m more like, I’ll go there and do my thing and be gone again.”