Around 35,000 People Seek Legal Action Against the Organization After the Cancellation of Thursday’s Practice
The Las Vegas Grand Prix of the Formula 1 is facing a class action lawsuit on behalf of the 35,000 individuals who purchased tickets for Thursday’s practice session. The session was canceled due to damage caused to Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari by a loose drain cover.
The highly anticipated event, held at the neon-lit circuit that stretches along the famous Las Vegas Strip, lasted only eight minutes before coming to a halt.
Following the incident, a five-and-a-half-hour delay ensued as maintenance crews worked to remove and replace 30 drain covers along the 3.8-mile track.
The second 90-minute practice session eventually commenced at 2:30 a.m. on Friday, with empty stands as the fans had been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The organizers of the Las Vegas Grand Prix attempted to mitigate the situation by offering $200 merchandise vouchers to single-day ticket holders. However, this compensation was not extended to those who had purchased three-day passes.
Dimopoulos and JK Legal & Consulting, a law firm, have filed a class action lawsuit against the Las Vegas Formula 1 Grand Prix (LVGP) in Nevada state court on behalf of individuals who bought tickets for the canceled practice session.
The lawsuit names Formula 1 owners and racing promoters Liberty Media Corporation, DBA Formula One Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix, and TAB Contractors Inc. as defendants.
“There are several issues with the compensation,” said Steve Dimopoulos, a representative from the law firm. “Clearly, a $200 merchandise voucher is not an adequate refund. Many fans likely want their money back. Additionally, there are concerns regarding individuals who traveled from out of town and incurred significant expenses for airfare and accommodations.”
The decision to send fans home was made in consideration of public safety and the well-being of security officers, according to statements from LVGP CEO Renee Wilm and Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
Qualifying for the race took place on Friday without any incidents.
A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Grand Prix declined to comment on the ongoing litigation but emphasized their commitment to providing an entertaining and safe experience for fans, which remains their top priority.