Danica Patrick has been labelled 'out of touch' after suggesting fans who only saw nine minutes of action at the Las Vegas Grand Prix on Thursday night should buy tickets for the whole weekend next year.
This led to widespread criticism as fans felt short-changed, with their practice tickets only providing them with nine minutes of action on the strip.
Patrick: Buy a whole weekend pass
But Patrick, speaking on Sky Sports F1 ahead of FP3, appeared to defend the decision to remove fans prior to FP2 and suggested the glitzy event is 'not just about the cars'.
“Maybe it’ll drive them to get tickets for next year so that they can see the whole thing or buy a whole weekend pass," she said.
"It’s something and I think that the track obviously the track felt really bad about what they had to do, but they had their reasons and at the end of the day, part of the event here in Vegas is the spectacle that it is.
"It’s everything around the cars, not just the cars and so I'm sure that they were able to enjoy that. The suites, the views, the entertainment and the opening ceremonies were stunning and there are just so many things about this city.
"People come to Vegas for Vegas so they still have plenty to do. Obviously a really unfortunate situation but I think in the end, it’ll all be great.”
Fans fume over Patrick comment
And it didn't take long for fans to to take to social media to express their dismay at Patrick's suggestion.
Danica Patrick is out of touch with the reality of this situation. Aye people go to Vegas to experience Vegas but they don’t pay money for an event to miss out on it because of logistical issues that should have been considered beforehand. Poor opinion.
Is this Danica woman for real. People spent $1000's to see racing which didn't happen, then when it did they were kicked out. She says it will encourage them to buy weekend tickets next year and"let's face it, there's plenty to do in Vegas" So don't complain people. #F1Vegas
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