Formula 1, Las Vegas Grand Prix face class-action lawsuit

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 17: An F1 Grand Prix of Las Vegas sign is pictured in the Paddock prior to final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Las Vegas at Las Vegas Strip Circuit on November 17, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

It’s hard to imagine the first night of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix going much worse than it did Thursday night.

Trouble started when Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz ran over a drain cover during Free Practice 1, the first session of the weekend. From there, the session was stopped and eventually cancelled, keeping teams waiting until 2:30 a.m. Friday morning local time to start again.

Fans weren’t allowed back into the stands to watch Free Practice 2. In a joint statement Friday afternoon, Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and Las Vegas Grand Prix CEO Renee Wilm outlined the reasoning behind barring fans from returning.

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