When F1 tried to prevent the general public from watching the Las Vegas Grand Prix for free, some individuals took matters into their own hands.
4,444 motorsport fans have told F1 what they thought of the Las Vegas Grand Prix after they punched a hole in the giant blackout screen protecting the track to watch the race for free.
His first F1 race in Sin City since 1982 was a great one, but marred by controversy from start to finish.
Even before the race weekend begins, visitors, hotels, and casinos have set up a circuit around the street circuit aimed at allowing people to catch a glimpse of the racing action without buying expensive grandstand tickets.
They resented the construction of large structures.
However, as the race got into full swing, images quickly appeared on social media showing spectators watching the race from the side of the main track with a hole cut through the controversial black screen.
The event reportedly drew more than 315,000 fans, but as photos from Motorsport.com show, not all of them paid for the privilege.
The report claims that event staff attempted to repair the blackout screen when it became clear what was happening, but these attempts were unsuccessful.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen won the race, achieving his record 18th victory of the season, but unlike many of the Dutchman’s previous victories, the Las Vegas competition was a much more dramatic affair.
The Red Bull driver finally showed his class ability with 16 laps remaining, taking a five-second penalty and front wing damage before regaining the lead after teammate Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc struggled.
I had to get over it.
The first major problem of the race weekend occurred on Thursday evening, when Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz came into contact with a loose manhole cover, causing significant damage to his car, which would have prevented the opening practice session from being canceled.
did not become.
The suspended session finally resumed at 2:30 a.m.
local time in front of empty stands after spectators were asked to leave the stadium due to safety concerns.
His 4,444 one-day ticket holders were provided compensation for session losses in the form of his $200 vouchers towards grand prize merchandise.
However, according to Planet F1, law firms Dimopoulos and JK Legal & Consulting have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the 35,000 spectators who were said to have been at the circuit for training on Thursday.
lead attorney Steve Dimopoulos said: “We are defending the rights of fans who traveled long distances and paid small amounts of money to attend, only to have that experience taken away from them.
He went on to say that the suit seeks: “Monetary damages in an amount that fairly and adequately compensates for the harm caused by the defendants.
” “Furthermore, the plaintiffs.
seek damages for emotional distress in an amount to be determined by the jury, which is less than the amount considered: Defendants’ willful, reckless, and premeditated conduct was fair and reasonable.