F1 preview: A lap of the Italian Grand Prix
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F1 bosses are rewriting deals to ensure there are “minimum requirements” for fans after issues at the Italian Grand Prix, according to F1 journalist Chris Medland. He claimed F1 chiefs were working to make the changes to existing deals and put fresh standards into new contracts.
It comes after fans reported waiting hours to get access to the Monza circuit this weekend while many complained about the circuit’s poor facilities. Medland Tweeted: “I understand F1 is also working to get minimum requirements relating to fans entered into existing contracts (easier with new deals).”
Fans reported sitting in 2km queues to get into the circuit which forced them to miss some of the F2 and F3 events. Supporters also revealed Monza implemented a token system to purchase food and drink which left people waiting for around an hour.
One supporter claimed he walked 1km outside the venue to get water for his family but security would not let him back in. One fan even reported a massive queue at Monza train station on Sunday morning where a “crush was a real possibility”.
Some also detailed incidents with aggressive Italian fans who were booing Max Verstappen and swearing. Monza issued a statement apologising for the poor experience after the race and pledged to put measures in place to avoid issues in the future.
However, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has put pressure on the race promoters to make immediate changes for next season. He said F1 “expects” infrastructure improvements and stressed the works were “needed” to modernise.
Domenicali said he “hoped” the race would remain on the calendar but failed to categorically rule out that it could be dropped if changes were not made.
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Speaking to Italian media, Domenicali said: “The Grand Prix deserves to be on the calendar but, as I have said before, history is no longer enough to be able to secure your place in the F1 world championship today. We expect the infrastructure improvement that we have defined, both for the teams and for the public, to be done.
“Covid has obviously brought forward other needs and other priorities, but now there are defined projects that must be carried out, and there is no more time. The works are needed for the modernisation of the venue and to help fans experience the Grand Prix in the best possible way.”
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