The loose manhole covers at the Las Vegas Grand Prix track have caused serious problems for the Formula 1 teams. During the first practice session, both Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon hit loose manhole covers, resulting in damage to their cars. Ferrari team boss Frederic Vasseur called the situation "unacceptable" and stated that Sainz's car suffered significant damage to its chassis, engine, and battery.
The FIA, the governing body of Formula 1, inspected the track and declared it fit for racing before the session began. McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown stated that the incident was not due to corners being cut in the construction of the track but rather a mistake in judgment.
To ensure the safety of the track, the FIA has decided to check all the manhole covers around the 3.9-mile track, causing a delay in the second practice session. The session will now begin at 2:30 am local time and last for 90 minutes.
Fans attending the Las Vegas Grand Prix have been removed from all fan areas, including the grandstands, ahead of the delayed session. No official reason was given for this decision, but it is thought to be related to security team shifts ending.
The FIA and Formula 1 officials are working to make the necessary repairs and adjustments to prevent further incidents with the manhole covers. The safety of the drivers and the smooth running of the race are top priorities.