Las Vegas GP marred by more controversy as footage emerges from race | F1 | Sport
Formula One Motorsport fans showed off what they thought of the big boxing screens that line the track at the Las Vegas Grand Prix by tearing holes in them and watching the race for free. The first Formula One race held in Sin City since 1982 was epic but controversial from start to finish.
Even before the start of the race weekend, visitors, hotels and casinos were excited when large structures were erected around the street circuit designed to stop people from getting a view of the action without buying an expensive grandstand ticket.
But as the race got underway images soon began to emerge on social media showing spectators tearing holes in the controversial blacked out screens to watch the action from the edge of the main strip.
The event is said to have attracted over 315,000 fans, but as images continue Motorsport.com showed, not all of them were paying for the privilege.
The report claims that event staff tried to fix the blackout screens when it became clear what was happening but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen went on to win the race to claim a record 18th win of the season, but unlike many of the Dutchman’s previous victories, the Las edition was a much more dramatic affair Vegas.
The Red Bull driver had to overcome a five-second penalty and front wing damage before finally showing his class to take the lead with 16 laps to go after battling team-mate Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc.
The race weekend was hit with its first major issue on Thursday evening when the opening practice session had to be stopped when Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz hit a loose manhole cover, causing extensive damage to his car.
When the suspended session finally resumed it was 2.30am local time in front of deserted stands after spectators were asked to leave due to security problems.
One-day ticket holders were offered compensation for the missed session in the form of a $200 voucher to spend on Grand Prix merchandise. But according to Planet F1law firm Dimopoulos and JK Legal & Consulting have filed a class action on behalf of the 35,000 spectators believed to have been at the circuit on Thursday for the practice session.
Lead lawyer Steve Dimopoulos said: “We will vindicate the rights of the fans who traveled great distances and paid a fortune to attend, but did not get the experience.”
He went on to say that the claim is asking for the following: “Money damages are made in an amount that will give them fair and reasonable compensation for the damage caused by the defendants.
“In addition, the plaintiffs claim damages for mental anguish in an amount to be determined by the jury that is fair and reasonable in view of the willful, reckless and intentional conduct of the defendant.”
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