The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya introduced it had been offered out for the 2022 version of the race after going by way of two COVID-19 years with restricted attendance, stating 300,000 flocked to the Barcelona venue throughout the weekend.
However quickly sufficient it grew to become obvious the venue was not ready for the sell-out crowd, with larges queues forming across the restricted meals and drinks concessions and bathrooms.
Notably on Saturday and Sunday, the extreme congestion on the entry roads across the circuit floor visitors to a halt, with followers then struggling to search out parking area. The small Montmelo practice station additionally struggled to move followers to and from the town centre throughout peak hours.
The group issues have been made worse by the warmth, with Catalonia experiencing its hottest week of the yr as far as temperatures soared above 35 levels on the weekend, leaving many followers to courageous the climate with out satisfactory provisions.
Many followers voiced their displeasure on social media, with some even suggesting they would not return for race day regardless of having purchased a ticket.
Followers watching Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22 and Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, on stage
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Hours after the race F1 launched an announcement calling the congestion points “not acceptable”, urging the organisers to place a plan in place to keep away from an identical meltdown subsequent yr.
“The large variety of followers at this occasion each inside and outdoors the circuit created the visitors points for the followers,” an F1 assertion stated.
“Now we have made the promoter conscious that this isn’t acceptable and have to be fastened for subsequent season.”
A number of elements of the Montmelo circuit had been renovated for this yr, however a few of its key spectator services have remained just about untouched over time.
As the positioning of Max Verstappen’s first-ever Formulation 1 win and a preferred vacationer vacation spot, the Spanish GP has seen a surge of Dutch followers travelling to Catalonia in recent times.
Carlos Sainz’s improved outcomes with Ferrari and Fernando Alonso’s comeback have additionally seen native followers discover their approach again to the venue, which has been internet hosting F1 races since its inception in 1991.