2022 Spanish Grand Prix: Crowd management issues cause chaos, F1 news

The Spanish Grand Prix was in turmoil over the weekend as thousands of fans flocked to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The Spanish Grand Prix was thrown into “chaos” over the weekend as hundreds of thousands of fans flocked to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the highly anticipated Formula 1 race.

Barcelona hosted F1 races in 2020 and 2021, albeit with heavy crowd restrictions due to Covid-19 protocols, and this weekend’s Grand Prix marked a long-awaited return to full capacity.

However, it quickly became apparent that the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which has hosted F1 races since its inception in 1991, was not adequately prepared for the 300,000 fans who attended the sold out event.

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There have been reports of severe congestion on the access roads around the circuit, with hundreds of fans struggling to find parking.

Montmelo train station reportedly struggled to accommodate spectators traveling to and from the city center during rush hour, as absurdly large queues formed around food vendors and limited restrooms.

To make matters worse, Barcelona’s temperatures exceeded 35 degrees over the weekend, with reports that some fans had passed out as they queued at the venue.

Social media has been flooded with complaints from furious fans, with videos and photos offering a glimpse of the carnage.

Motorsports reporter Jennie Gow said she heard “horror stories” from fans, tweeting, “I hate complaining about my privileged life, but the way the organizers dealt with parking / crowd control / fan experience / travel and logistics is like them “I’ve never had a race here before. Chaos. I hope paying fans are treated better, but I’m afraid not!”

F1 released a statement on AEST Monday morning stating, “The huge number of fans at this event both on and off the circuit has created traffic problems for the fans.

“We have warned the promoter that this is not acceptable and must be resolved for next season.”

Red Bull phenomenon Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix to take the lead in the drivers’ standings after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was forced out of the race.

Leclerc, who started from pole position, seemed to be racing towards victory before his engine he suddenly lost power on lap 27forcing him to retire and return to the pits.

Meanwhile, it was another disappointing result for Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who was once against finished off points in 12th place after starting the race in ninth place.

“It wasn’t a good race today. I’d like to find something positive, but it was just a struggle from the start, ”she said.

“I was slow and just had a lot less grip than everyone else around me.

“With the three stops we had four chances on different sets of tires, but we didn’t have the pace on any of them. I’m not really sure why, to be honest, so we’ll try to take a look and figure it out. Hopefully, we can come to an agreement, as the updates we’ve brought have been good. “

Results of the Spanish Grand Prix

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull

2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull

3) George Russell, Mercedes

4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari

5) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

6) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo

7) Esteban Ocon, Alpine

8) Lando Norris, McLaren

9) Fernando Alonso

10) Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri

Originally published as “Not Acceptable”: Fans Tell “Horror Stories” as Crowded F1 Race Turns to Chaos

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