Vegas F1 night race on Liberty's radar

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Liberty Media is interested in hosting a night race in Las Vegas as it looks for opportunities to expand the current F1 calendar.

This year's calendar sees a record 21 races, the first time the sport has exceeded 20 rounds in a season. However, with Liberty Media currently in the process of a takeover - which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017 - chief executive Greg Maffei says adding more races to the calendar is likely to be a priority.

"Obviously there is a limit on how much you can do," Maffei is quoted as saying by Reuters. "Just getting the cars around the world, but I think we can expect to grow the amount of races to a mild degree."

With Maffei acknowledging F1's heartland is in Europe, he added that there were opportunities to expand in Latin America, Asia and the United States.

"I particularly like the idea of a night race in Las Vegas ... But new entrants tend to pay more."

And Maffei says more races are beneficial to all stakeholders in the sport, despite apparent opposition from the teams.

"There is a general line of interest if you increase the number of races to a point. The FIA makes more money, the teams make more money, we make more money."

Las Vegas has previously been on Bernie Ecclestone's radar, having held two races under the title of the Caesars Palace Grand Prix in 1981 and 1982.


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