The portion of F1 fans who were ejected from the Las Vegas circuit ahead of second practice have been offered a voucher to spend in the store, rather than a refund, it has been revealed.
Fans who only had tickets for Thursday’s action were left disappointed when FP1 was cut short due to safety concerns caused by loose water valve covers. As a result, FP2 was delayed and eventually started two hours later than scheduled, but by that time staff were no longer contractually obligated to work, so fans were asked to leave. No fans were able to witness the 90-minute practice session. The organizers of the Las Vegas Grand Prix offered affected fans a $200 voucher for the official shop as a thank you for their support, but did not mention a refund or issue an apology. The decision to close the fan zones was made to prioritize the safety and security of everyone involved, including drivers, fans, and staff, and to comply with federal regulations regarding working hours for public safety and transportation employees. The organizers acknowledged that the situation was disappointing and hoped that fans would understand the need to balance multiple interests in ensuring a safe and enjoyable race weekend.