The Spanish Grand Prix was thrown into turmoil over the weekend as hundreds on followers squeezed into Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The Spanish Grand Prix was thrown into “chaos” over the weekend as a whole bunch of hundreds of followers flocked to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the highly-anticipated Formula 1 race.
Barcelona hosted F1 races in 2020 and 2021, albeit with heavy crowd restrictions attributable to Covid-19 protocols, and this weekend’s grand prix marked a long-awaited return to full capability.
However, it rapidly grew to become obvious that Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which has hosted F1 races since its inception in 1991, was not adequately ready for the 300,000 followers that attended the sold-out occasion.
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There have been stories of extreme congestion on entry roads across the circuit, with a whole bunch of followers struggling to discover a parking area.
The Montmelo prepare station reportedly struggled to accommodate spectators travelling to and from the town centre throughout peak hours, whereas absurdly giant queues shaped across the restricted meals distributors and bathrooms.
To make issues worse, Barcelona temperatures exceeded 35 levels over the weekend, with stories claiming some followers have been fainting whereas queuing on the venue.
Social media was flooded with complaints from livid followers, with movies and photographs providing a glimpse of the carnage.
Motorsports journalist Jennie Gow mentioned she had heard “horror stories” from followers, tweeting: “I hate to moan about my very privileged life but the way the organisers have gone about parking/crowd control/fan experience/travel and logistics is like they’ve never had a race here before. Chaos. I hope paying fans are being treated better but I fear not!”
F1 launched an announcement on Monday morning AEST saying: “The huge number of fans at this event both inside and outside the circuit created the traffic issues for the fans.
“We have made the promoter aware that this is not acceptable and must be fixed for next season.”
Red Bull phenom Max Verstappen gained the Spanish Grand Prix to take the lead within the drivers’ standings after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was compelled out of the race.
Leclerc, who began on pole place, seemed to be cruising in direction of victory earlier than his engine instantly misplaced energy on Lap 27, forcing him to retire and return to the pits.
Meanwhile, it was one other underwhelming end result for Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who as soon as towards completed out of the factors in twelfth after beginning the race in ninth.
“It wasn’t a good race today. I’d love to find something positive, but it was just a struggle from the start,” he mentioned.
“I was slow, and I simply had a lot less grip than everyone else around me.
“With the three stops, we had four chances on different sets of tyres, but we didn’t have the pace on any of them. I’m not really sure why, to be honest, so we’ll try to have a look and understand it. Hopefully, we can get on top of it as the upgrades we brought were good.”
Spanish Grand Prix outcomes
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
3) George Russell, Mercedes
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
5) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
6) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
7) Esteban Ocon, Alpine
8) Lando Norris, McLaren
9) Fernando Alonso
10) Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri