After Liberty Media’s CEO Greg Maffei extended an apology to the residents of Las Vegas for the inconveniences caused by the preparation for the city’s first Grand Prix since 1982, Lewis Hamilton relayed concerns from locals about the impact of the Formula 1 event on their lives.
Formula 1’s return to Las Vegas has been met with mixed reactions, particularly from the local community. Lewis Hamilton, a prominent figure in the sport, voiced the concerns of Las Vegas residents about the upcoming F1 weekend. In a conversation with Sky Sports, Hamilton stressed the importance of respecting the locals, who are hard at work amidst the preparations. He critically noted the contrast between the industry’s wealth and the potential negative impacts on the local community.
“I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the event being here from the locals. I think we have to be respectful of the locals here. So many people here working so hard.
“We’ve got to make sure [of that]. There’s a lot of money and wealth in this city and also the places we go and in this industry.
“So we’ve got to make sure that people are taken care of. We can’t be a circus that shows up that’s all glitz and glamour and people are affected negatively by it, in my opinion. I think those guys are working [on it].”
Liberty Media, the entity behind Formula 1, has stepped in to address these concerns. The company’s CEO, Greg Maffei, offered a formal apology to the residents of Las Vegas during an interview with Fox5 Vegas.
“I want to apologise to all the Las Vegas residents, and we appreciate that they have their forbearance and their willingness to tolerate us,” Maffei noted.
“We’re going to bring something like $1.7 billion of revenue to the area. So it’s not just for the benefit of fans who want to view.
“We hope this is a great economic benefit in Las Vegas. We hope this is the most difficult year with all the construction that went on and things will be easier in the future.”
In summary, amidst the excitement of F1’s return to Las Vegas, the concerns of the local community have been brought to the forefront, with Liberty Media acknowledging and addressing these issues.