So, as we’ve mentioned, the opening shindig for the Las Vegas Grand Prix was an utterly mad affair. And according to F1, organising enormous live events, live broadcasts, and managing the pinnacle of motorsport is perfectly doable. But painting the chequered pattern of a start/finish line? Nope, too complicated.
Because of the symbolic nature of the start/finish line, F1 arranged for a series of promotional images to be taken of Stefano Domenicali (F1 President and CEO), Greg Maffei (Liberty Media CEO) and several others painting the line.
Here at the site where the F1 paddock will be built, for the painting of the start/finish line ceremony. Located on Harmon and Koval, just off the Strip. #vegas #F1 #LasVegasGP pic.twitter.com/2gRo5tvOdS
— Mick Akers (@mickakers) November 5, 2022
See if you can spot the error in the video below 👀
— F1 Las Vegas (@F1LasVegas) November 5, 2022
The phrase ‘you had one job’ does spring to mind when you see someone clearly painted in the wrong box. But then again, I’ve never had to paint a start line, so maybe it’s more complicated than it looks.
Take a look at the second photo Kym Illman posted to see just how messy it was!
It’s all the more embarrassing as they all had their names written on where they needed to paint – whoops! Hopefully they’ll be able to sort the mistake before F1 goes racing next November.
— Kevaney Martin (@KevaneyMartin) November 5, 2022
This incident has a very similar vibe to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s attempt to wave the chequered flag at the end of the US Grand Prix. Please, famous and important people, just a little bit of effort next time!
Could you successfully paint a start/finish line?