Australian Formula 1 sensation, Daniel Ricciardo, has voiced his disappointment over the staggering ticket prices for the highly anticipated Las Vegas Grand Prix this weekend. With base tickets costing nearly $1500 per person, without even offering a view of the actual race circuit, Ricciardo believes that many racing fans might miss out on the experience due to unaffordability.
Speaking candidly with RaceFans, Ricciardo acknowledged the exorbitant prices and stressed the importance of making the event more accessible for all fans, regardless of their financial circumstances. He revealed that he would love to see general admission tickets priced affordably, allowing anyone to attend, regardless of their occupation.
While understanding that extravagant packages are available for those willing to splurge, Ricciardo expressed his concerns about fans who would have loved to be present but simply couldn't afford it. The Australian F1 driver urged Formula 1 to ensure the sport remains accessible to all and not just reserved for the elite.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix got off to a rocky start with Practice 1 being abruptly canceled after only 20 minutes, owing to a pot hole on the circuit. The incident caused Carlos Sainz's Ferrari to come to an abrupt halt and led to significant damage to the car. The FIA, the governing body of F1, later confirmed that a concrete frame around one of the drain covers had failed, resulting in the unfortunate incident.
Fred Vasseur, team principal of Ferrari, expressed his fury, labeling the situation as unacceptable and claiming that it would cost the team a fortune to rectify the damages. The cancellation of Practice 1 has undoubtedly added to the disappointment surrounding the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
With the main race scheduled for Sunday, November 19 at 5pm (AEDT), fans and drivers alike hope that the event will still deliver an exciting and memorable experience despite the rocky start. Daniel Ricciardo's call for more affordable ticket options highlights the need for Formula 1 organizers to consider fans' financial accessibility, ensuring the sport remains inclusive to all motorsport enthusiasts.