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Watch: Las Vegas Formula 1 Race Off to Disastrous Start After Ferrari Catches Fire in Practice

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The Las Vegas Grand Prix hit a bump in the road — literally — as practice began Thursday.

Driver Carlos Sainz Jr. struck the concrete frame of a water valve cover, badly damaging his Ferrari, according to CBS.

Sparks flew from beneath the car after the collision.

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Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur called the incident “just unacceptable.”

β€œIt is unacceptable for F1. You would be upset in this situation,” he said.

A statement from F1 Las Vegas said “a single water valve cover … failed.” Local crews were called in, but a midnight practice was delayed.

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Fans who had bought tickets to watch the practice were shooed away, leading to a class action lawsuit being filed, according to Reuters.

Although Las Vegas Grand Prix officials offered merchandise vouchers worth $200 to fans who bought single-day tickets to see the practice, attorney Steve Dimopoulos, representing the disappointed fans, said that was not good enough.

“There are a number of issues with that. Clearly that is not a refund that is sufficient. A lot of fans probably don’t even want that; they want their money back,” he said.

“There are also peripheral issues of what about the people that came in from out of town and paid for substantial airfare and hotels,” he said.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who before the race began called the event β€œ99 percent show, 1 percent sport,” won the race, according to CNN.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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