For Formula 1 fans who’ve been vacationing on Mars for the past year or so, a Rolling Stone piece on the Las Vegas Grand Prix may serve some purpose, although they’ll have to read very deep into the very long story to learn who won the race.
In fact, most of the report written by David Hill, entitled “Formula 1 Bet Big on Vegas. Did It Pay Off?”
So what’s left to fill up reports like this one are the reporter’s impressions, predictable quotes, continuous mentions of money spent and money made, and the little bit of drama—the loose drain cover that damaged Carlos Sainz’ Ferrari during practice—that came out of race weekend. But for those fans now returning to Earth from outer space, perhaps it’s useful.
For newbies to F1, there’s lots of history here, and the obligatory mention of how the “Drive to Survive” docuseries on Netflix
Hill describes the “herculean” task of converting the Vegas Strip into a race track; it’s all old news. And there’s plenty of reactions from the attendees, such as this fatuous get from David Woodley, identified as “the chief revenue officer for BallIsLife, a basketball media company, and an F1 watcher.” “I grew up a big racing fan,” he says. “The guys working on this are like rocket scientists. They could be solving the problems of the world, but they’re out there trying to find an extra 10th of a second,”
There’s some celebrity spotting. “Ryan Reynolds, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky roam the paddock. Bad Bunny makes a beeline for the hospitality suites.” And Hill reports on the auction
I may be mistaken, but after reading several thousand words of this I could find no mention of the Sphere
He missed the lede.
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