F1 fans removed from grandstands ahead of delayed Vegas FP2
A statement released by the Vegas race on social media announced the closure of all Las Vegas Grand Prix fan areas at 1.30am due to logistical considerations for fans and staff. Fans were forced to leave the areas as security team shifts had ended, preventing the grandstands and fan zones from operating as planned. The reason for the deletion of the statement is unclear. As a result, the FP2 session will be held in front of empty grandstands and is expected to finish at 4am, when the public roads should have been fully open. The delayed timetable for the first day of F1 action in Las Vegas was caused by the cancellation of the earlier FP1 session due to a loose water valve cover being struck by Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon. Inspections and repairs were done to 30 water valves along the track to prevent further issues. The FP2 session was rescheduled multiple times and is now set to start at 2.30am local time.