Angry Formula One fans who were forced to leave the Las Vegas Grand Prix venue before the start of the second practice session have filed a class-action lawsuit.
Las Vegas-based Dimopoulos Law Firm and co-counsel JK Legal & Consulting filed a lawsuit against the Las Vegas Grand Prix and its owner, Liberty Media, in Nevada state court seeking maximum less than $30,000 in damages.
Those who bought tickets on the opening night of the race saw just nine minutes of action on Thursday night before Carlos Sainz Jr. crashed. the 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 began at 2:30 local time on Friday. They also extended the practice session from one hour to 90 minutes.
Race officials have since offered a $200 discount at the official gift shop, but only for single-night ticket holders Thursday. Most fans have a three-day pass.
F1 President Stefano Domenicali and Renee Wilm, CEO of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, released a statement on Friday saying they had closed the track to spectators for safety and legal reasons.
“We have all been to events, such as concerts, games and even other Formula 1 races, which have been canceled due to reasons such as weather or technical issues,” the statement read. “It happened, and we hope people understand.”
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