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06/09/19
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Chicago F1 Fan Festival gets ripped apart by fans! (Update)

UPDATE A reader writes, Deal AR1.com, I agree, 

  • There was a trailer for the F1 Store, but it had zero merchandise and no one was working the trailer.  During F1 race weekends, the F1 Store is always packed or has lines out front.
  • I was wondering if there would be had any former F1 drivers driving the cars, so I asked several people who worked for the event (those with black golf shirts with the F1 logo in red on their shirts), but they had no idea.  Even after the driving events started, the drivers were never identified.
  • The event announcer was totally clueless when mentioning the top drivers for the Canadian F1 Qualifying event.  He pronounced Vettel as Ve-TELL, Valtteri Bottas as Val-TERRY B'-TAHS, and the track as the "Gillz Villenueva" circuit.  The only name that he correctly mentioned was Lewis Hamilton.
  • There were two large TV screens set up for qualifying, but during the break period between Q2 and Q3, the track announcer said that people should start heading to the F1 "track" because the cars would start running.  Why would they start running the cars during the best part of qualifying, Q3? Paul J. from Illinois 



06/09/19 Formula 1's heavily promoted Chicago fan festival which took place on Saturday at the city's historic Soldier Field was a resounding disaster according to those who witnessed the event.

Liberty Media has set up several F1 Fan Festival happenings this year, with Chicago following Shanghai and preceding Los Angeles and an event scheduled later this year in Brazil.

Chicago's residents were to be treated to the usual array of live demos and festive entertainment, but based on reactions on social media - with a sample found hereunder - F1 produced a rather underwhelming and embarrassing spectacle at Soldier Field.

Running was apparently minimal because of broken down F1 cars while food trucks were charging rip-off prices when food could be found, and merchandise stands were non-existent.

Fans also vented their frustrations over the two-hour wait to try one of the three simulators. But it was really the lack of demo running that angered the crowd.

To sum up yesterday's unfulfilling event, it was all just "pathetic", "brand damaging" and "just s**t"!

Ouch! Hardly the 'charm offensive' everyone was expecting at a time when F1 is in dire need of boosting its fan base in the U.S.

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