Formula 1's comeback to Vegas after a 41-year hiatus began in a chaotic manner on Thursday night as FP1 got called off merely eight minutes into the session. Carlos Sainz suffered considerable damage to his Ferrari when he encountered a loose cover at speeds exceeding 200mph.
Toto Wolff is one of those who decided to defend F1. When asked by the reporter if this is a 'black eye' for the sport, Wolff answered; “That is not a black eye, this is nothing,” -Wolff said, as quoted by independent.co.uk “It is a Thursday night.
We have a free practice 1 that we’re not doing, they’re going to seal the drain covers. Nobody is going to talk about that tomorrow morning”.
Toto Wolff reacts
Many reporters reacted furiously and considered this a big mistake.
Wolff, on the other hand, does not understand why so much chaos has arisen over the drain cover. He emphasized that it is necessary to support the people who put a lot of effort into this event and made an effort to make things turn out ideal.
“It’s completely ridiculous. How can you even dare talk bad about an event that sets the new standards to everything? And then you’re speaking about a drain cover that’s come undone, that’s nothing.
It’s FP1, 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 about someone or written a good word? You should about all these people that have been out here.
Liberty [F1 owners] have done an awesome job and just because in FP1 a drain cover has come undone we shouldn’t be moaning." Wolff understands that this was a dangerous situation for Carlos Sainz. Toto put the accent the analysis of such things and the wish that such things never happen again.
“The car is broken. That’s really a shame, for Carlos it could have been dangerous. Between the FIA and the track we need to analyse to make sure this doesn’t happen again. But talking here about a black eye for the sport on a Thursday evening? Nobody watches that in European time anyway!”