Formula 1 and the organizers of the Las Vegas GP issued a statement after the debacle on Friday in which some of the fans will also receive ‘compensation’.
The race weekend in Las Vegas had started with an impressive opening ceremony, but on Friday, when the action really started, things went terribly wrong during the first practice session. Due to a loose manhole cover, the practice session was stopped after only about ten minutes. The second practice session was also postponed for hours and to make matters worse, the audience was sent home.
That audience had paid a lot of money to see the F1 cars speed around the track, but they only got to see a few minutes of action. Tickets for Friday cost at least $500, but most tickets cost multiples of that. There is a lot of frustration among many F1 fans, but Formula 1 and the organizers of the Las Vegas GP have come up with a statement and compensation. That compensation is a $200 voucher for Las Vegas GP merchandising, but only for fans who only had a ticket for Friday.
There is no higher priority at an F1 race than the safety of the drivers, fans and staff. We appreciate your patience as we resolve the situation. This was not a decision we made lightly. As a thank you for your support, we would like to offer you a $200 voucher for the Las Vegas Grand Prix Official Shop, the organization of the Las Vegas GP announced.