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“Probably Cost a Liver…”: F1 World Scoffs at the $11K Package at the Hyped Las Vegas GP

Published 03/01/2023, 10:45 AM EST

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Formula 1 is a spectacle, no doubt. In addition to this, it is also a grand affair with the commercial lucrativeness that is simply eye-watering. But the finances and economics of the sport don’t appeal to the fans. See, for the fans, the sport means more than just the revenue potential or the payout teams, drivers, and Formula One Management can take. For the fans, the sport is something that drives joy for them, acts as an escape, and fills them with passion and excitement. Naturally, the only correct way of enjoying the sport is by witnessing it firsthand, live at the track. But as F1 moves on to bigger things and events such as the Las Vegas GP, it seems to be turning its back on the fans.

Being at an F1 track, smelling the burning rubber, losing yourself to the deafening roars of the turbo-hybrid engines, now that’s a dream, isn’t it? But where the sport is headed, this may just as well remain an unattainable dream for many fans. The inaugural Las Vegas GP is probably the most hotly anticipated race on the calendar this year. Many fans would’ve been looking forward to making it to the track to witness this historic event. However, F1 has dented these hopes and dreams with an $11k blockade.


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According to motorsport journalist Adam Stern of the Sports Business Journal, fans would be able to access the event only if they are willing and capable of shelling out a whopping $11, 247. In the grand scheme of things, this is a ludicrous amount of money to be expected of a fan who doesn’t belong to the scarcely populated, affluent demographic. And the fans are having none of this!

Fans react as F1 aims to extort $11k for access to the Las Vegas GP

As soon as Stern put this piece of information up on Twitter, fans stormed the social media platform to share their dismay and reactions. One fan even commented, “Geez, that’ll probably coast a liver to go attend to see that race :/” 

Let’s take a look at just a few fan reactions from F1’s unreasonably high Las Vegas demand.


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The folks over on Twitter also pointed out the ridiculous disparity between F1 and other American racing series such as NASCAR and IndyCar.

That isn’t all, though. Fans also shared their disappointment over how F1 is neglecting the fans to supposedly pocket massive gains.


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Is Formula 1 really now just a tool for Liberty Media to make the big bucks? Is the sport being unfaithful to its fans and running away from its roots in a greedy pursuit?



Anirban Aly Mandal

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Anirban Aly Mandal is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. In his pursuit for a Bachelor's degree in Law from Symbiosis Law School, he has written multiple academic papers centered around the domain of motorsports. Not only that, but due to his love for F1, he aims to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world some day.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai