As if nothing could be more incredible than this in Las Vegas this November. With the inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix taking place under the bright lights of the Sin City Strip on November 19, the pomp and circumstance of an F1 race is now making its way to the Netflix Cup.
Four pairs – including an F1 driver in collaboration with a PGA Tour pro – will play an eight-hole match, with the top two teams advancing to the final hole at Wynn Golf Club, just a stone’s throw away (or a pitching wedge, actually. ) from the race course itself.
And the whole thing will be livestreamed on Netflix on Tuesday, November 14 at 6PM ET.
Although the teams have not been announced, we know who is participating. On the Formula 1 side, we will see Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris and Carolus Sainz. (Saenz is the only participating driver currently in the top 5 in points, about 280 behind leader Max Verstappen.) On the PGA Tour side of the equation, we see Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas. will see. (Homa is the highest ranked in that group, currently ranked seventh in the world rankings.)
Of course, Netflix is no stranger to Formula 1. Formula 1: Drive to Survive It is in its sixth season of production and continues to be a big hit for the streamer. And made-for-TV golf matches have also done well in recent years.
“We love to see how our sports series have drawn fans to sports leagues and competitions around the world,” Netflix’s Gabe Spitzer, vice president of nonfiction sports, said in a press release. “The Netflix Cup will take that energy to the next level with the global stars of two popular hits competing in our first live sports event.”
The Las Vegas Grand Prix is scheduled to begin on Sunday, November 19 at 10 p.m. PT (ie 1 a.m. ET). The course will take drivers through the middle of the Las Vegas Strip before heading down Sands Avenue and passing by the Wynn Golf Club. And The Sphere – the giant, LED-covered field that’s already wowing golfers. We’ll have to see what it does with open-wheel cars traveling at speeds over 100 mph.