Wolff launches impassioned defence of Vegas GP organisers

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff offered an impassioned defence of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, which is the first event that the owners of F1 commercial rights, Liberty Media, has organised and promoted itself.

Wolff reacted angrily to being asked whether the event had been “a black eye” for F1.

He said: “That is not a black eye, this is nothing. We are Thursday night, we have a free practice session one that we’re not doing.

“They’re going to seal the drain covers, and nobody’s going to talk about that tomorrow morning anymore.

“It’s completely ridiculous, completely ridiculous. FP1 – how can you even dare trying to talk bad about the event that sets the new standards, new standards to everything.

“And then you’re speaking about a drain cover that’s been undone. That has happened before, that’s nothing. It’s FP1.

LAS VEGAS - Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) during the 1st free practice prior to the Las Vegas Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Las Vegas Strip Circuit in Nevada. ANP SEM VAN DER WAL (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

“Give credit to the people that have set up this Grand Prix, that have made this sport much bigger than it ever was.

“Have you ever spoken good about someone and written a good word? You should about all these people that have been out here. Liberty has done an awesome job and just because in FP1 a drain cover has become undone, we shouldn’t be moaning.

The car is broken. That’s really a shame for Carlos. It could have been dangerous. So between the FIA and the track, everybody needs to analyse how we can make sure that this is not happening again.

“But talking here about the black eye for the sport on a Thursday evening, nobody watches that in European time anyway.”

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