It's a shame Red Bull didn't call me to the stand, because I think I could have saved them a whole bunch of legal trouble.
The whole complaint boils down to the fact that a pair of fans who won a VIP Belgian Grand Prix experience were flown into one country and out of another on a budget airline, missed the end of the race to make their return flight home, and ended up staying in a dodgy hotel in a third country. The contest winners had grandstand seats, not VIP seats, and had to arrange their own travel between Maastricht and Spa.
Sounds to me like they had a classic VIP experience in F1 terms. At least, they had a fairly standard experience from a journalist's point of view.
- Flying into one country and out of another for cheap travel? Been there, done that.
- Missed the end of a GP to make the flight home? Tick, and more than once.
- Stayed in a separate country to the one the race was being held in? Happens a few times a season. And the Maastricht to Spa cab ride isn't actually all that expensive.
- Dodgy hotels promising facilities that turn out not to exist? Welcome to my world.
Sure, the fans' experience itself may have been something of a disappointment. And it always sucks when the dream prize turns out to have been a bit of a damp squib. I'm pretty sure the competition winners aren't going to be spending any more of their hard-earned dosh on cans of Red Bull.
But maybe they can take some solace in the fact that their VIP F1 experience was less VIP and more typical Formula One? If only they'd taken baby wipe showers in a public bathroom at some point - then they'd really have lived like we do...