Retro Show Cars Cause Trouble
The Las Vegas Grand Prix faced a setback before it even began as two show cars leaked oil on the track. Prior to the race, all 20 drivers were chauffeured around the circuit in retro cars.
Accidents Waiting to Happen
Just an hour before the race was set to start, at least two of the cars began leaking oil onto the track, right at the front of the starting grid. The McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, in their 1950s-era convertible, appeared to be one of the vehicles with the issue. Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez's retro Mercedes-Benz coupe also experienced a leak.
Stewards Attempt Damage Control
Stewards rushed to clear the spillage and were seen covering the affected area with a powder in an attempt to limit any possible damage.
Fans Not Impressed
Fans were quick to criticize organizers for yet another issue with the inaugural race weekend in Vegas. Many expressed their disappointment and frustration on social media.
Consequences on the Track
The oil leak led to a lack of grip on the left side of the track, resulting in several cars, including those of Hamilton, Carlos Sainz, Perez, and Fernando Alonso, making contact with each other.
Troubles Prior to the Race
This incident adds to a series of issues that have plagued the highly-anticipated Las Vegas Grand Prix. The first practice session was significantly delayed after Sainz drove over an unsealed manhole cover, causing damage to the floor of his car. The session took place in the early hours of the morning with no fans in attendance.