The Las Vegas Grand Prix Free Practice 1 got cut short after only nine minutes, after a loose manhole cover damaged Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari.
When the matter was discussed at the team principals’ press conference, reporters suggested that the incident is a “black eye” for the event, among other things. When another reporter interjected, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff blew up at him for badmouthing the event.
He later explained his reaction was so explosive because of “the usual suspects in Las Vegas who simply badmouth everything”.
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“When you look at this building, the effort that has been made here to build a racetrack in the middle of Las Vegas on the Strip in two years, and then you come up with little niggles like that, it’s just totally out of place,” the Austrian told Sky Deutschland.
“And for me, it was like a journalist bursting in, starting to shout that the track is the very last thing, and that is simply totally unjustified.
“[It’s] not fair to the performance that has been achieved here,” Wolff concluded.