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F1 fans file class-action lawsuit against the Las Vegas Grand Prix


Formula One fans are upset forced to leave The Las Vegas Grand Prix venue filed a class action lawsuit early Friday morning before the start of the second practice session. Las Vegas-based law firm Dimopoulos and co-counsel JK Legal & Consulting filed the lawsuit against the Las Vegas Grand Prix and its owner, Liberty Media, in Nevada state court seeking at least $30,000 in damages.

Fans watch the action from the grandstand during the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix at the Las Vegas Strip Circuit. (Getty Images via AFP)

Those who bought tickets for the opening night of the race saw only nine minutes of action on Thursday night before Carlos Sainz Jr. over a water valve cover and damaged his Ferrari. Race officials inspected the course, resulting in a 2 1/2 hour delay for the second session, which started at 2:30 local time on Friday. They also extended the practice session from an hour to 90 minutes.

Race officials have since offered a $200 discount at the official gift shop, except for those who had one-night tickets on Thursday. Most fans have three-day passes. F1 President Stefano Domenicali and Renee Wilm, CEO of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, issued a statement on Friday saying they had closed the track to spectators for safety and legal reasons.

“We have all attended events, such as concerts, games and even other Formula 1 races, which have been canceled due to factors such as weather or technical issues,” the statement read. “It happens, and we hope people will understand.”

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