Formula 1 Champion Ties the Knot at Makeshift Las Vegas Grand Prix Chapel

Formula 1 Champion Ties the Knot at Makeshift Las Vegas Grand Prix Chapel

Ero Samson
November 17, 2023 at 6:00 PM
  • Formula headed to the Las Vegas Grand Prix for round 21 of the 2023 season
  • The Grand Prix featured a flurry of fan activities, including a makeshift chapel
  • A Formula 1 Champion has tied the know with his partner at the chapel

The Las Vegas Grand Prix elevated the Formula 1 excitement to unprecedented heights. The race, which marked the sport’s third visit to the United States in the 2023 season, was laced with loads of excitement and celebrity performances for the fans.

This race, also characterised by extreme glitz and glamour, features iconic elements such as the city sphere, a dazzling drivers' parade, and a track layout winding through the renowned Vegas Strip. Undoubtedly, the Nevada event stands out as one of the most glamorous Grand Prix in Formula 1 history.

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A view of the Las Vegas paddock chapel prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Las Vegas. Image: Dan Istitene.
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Nonetheless, amidst the spectacle and buzz surrounding the race, a notable feature emerged — a makeshift wedding chapel inside the paddock in 'Sin City,' renowned as the ‘Wedding Capital of the World.’

ESPN F1 reports that this makeshift chapel, situated inside the circuit, offered special F1 wedding packages under the slogan 'Race to the Altar.'

Notably, 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve seized the opportunity to make history as the first F1 driver to tie the knot in a paddock.

Formula 1 champion gets married in Vegas

Villeneuve's wedding ceremony featured the F1 theme as an introduction, accompanied by the traditional "Here Comes The Bride," all presided over by an Elvis impersonator.

Adding to the unique affair, Ferrari’s Jock Clear, Villeneuve’s championship-winning engineer, played the role of best man, as detailed by Racingnews365.

The wedding unfolded just before the chaotic free practice session at the Grand Prix, creating a memorable and unprecedented moment in Formula 1 history.

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Las Vegas Grand Prix preview

In a previous report, Sports Brief touched on key details and previews ahead of the Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix in the Nevada state, America.

Despite Red Bull and Verstappen already having secured a third successive crown this year, there's still much at stake for the rest of the field.

Fellow RB driver, Sergio Perez is facing an ultimatum to save his 2024 seat, while Lewis Hamilton will look at his first win since Jeddah 2021.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).