From potential strikes to concerns about driver safety, the Las Vegas Grand Prix is riddled with controversy. Local residents remain divided on whether it's a positive or negative development for the city.
In response to complaints about disruptions, F1 issued an apology to the residents of Las Vegas, expressing the hope that the Grand Prix would ultimately bring more positives than negatives.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton has extended his concern and emphasised that F1 should prioritise respect for residents, regardless of the revenue it may generate.
“I’ve heard there’s been a lot of complaints about the event being here from the locals and I think we have to be respectful of the locals here,” Hamilton said.
“There’s so many here, working so hard, there’s a lot of money and wealth in this city, and also the places we’re going, in this industry.
“We’ve got to make sure that people are taken care of, I think. We can’t be a circus that shows up that’s all glitz and glamour, and people are affected negatively by it.”
“It is quite cold at this time of the year in Vegas, especially with the sessions happening around midnight, and the tyres we have the softest selection of tyres in Vegas. So that is adding an extra dimension to the problem.
“The truth is, every team to some degree, will venture into the unknown because we don’t have any previous data. So, the preparation work we are conducting at the factory will have to cover different dimensions, different aspects of it more than we usually do for other tracks.”
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