F1 fans have filed a class action lawsuit after being forced to leave the Las Vegas Grand Prix early Friday morning before the start of the second practice session.
The Las Vegas-based Dimopoulos law firm and co-counsel JK Legal & Consulting have filed a lawsuit in Nevada state court against the Las Vegas Grand Prix and its owner, Liberty Media, seeking at least $30,000 in damages. I woke you up.
Those who purchased tickets for the opening raceThat was before Carlos Sainz Jr. ran over a water valve cover and damaged his Ferrari on Thursday night. The second session, which started at 2:30 a.m. local time on Friday, was delayed by two and a half hours as race officials inspected the course. The practice time was also extended from one hour to 90 minutes.
Race officials have since offered a $200 discount at the official gift shop, but only for those who had tickets for one night on Thursday. The majority of fans he has a 3-day pass.
F1 chairman Stefano Domenicali and Las Vegas Grand Prix chief executive Renee Wilm issued a statement on Friday saying spectators were banned for safety and legal reasons.
“We have all attended events such as concerts, matches and even other F1 races that have been canceled for reasons such as weather or technical issues,” the statement reads. It’s dark. “It can happen and I hope people understand.”
F1 is betting big on the $500 million race, which includes resurfacing roads, building fences and promotions. This approximately 6-mile long track runs along some of Sin City’s most famous landmarks.
One of the unique things about the Las Vegas Grand Prix is that the race takes place on city streets, and the loss of the streets has some local residents unhappy.
Wade Vaughn told CBS News that course construction has prevented visitors from accessing the 24-hour convenience store.
“I didn’t need F1,” Bourne told CBS News.
He said he had to lay off half his employees and lost about 80% of his business.
“So we’re all alone here on the island and we’re just drowning,” Vaughn said. “If we make that bridge permanent, that’s it, there’s no traffic,” Vaughn said of the 760-foot Flamingo Road Bridge. built It was used for racing, but has recently been opened to general traffic when not in use for Grand Prix.
It is unclear whether the bridge will become permanent or demolished after this year’s race. according to Las Vegas Review Journal.
F1 currently has a three-year deal with the city for the Grand Prix, with an option to extend it for a further seven years.
Las Vegas resident Jeff Toco told CBS News: “I hope F1 has learned a lot from this first year and ironed out a lot of things so that next year and the next few years will be smoother.” Ta.
— Elizabeth Campbell contributed to this report.