Sky Sports F1 presenters wear bizarre outfits and are dubbed ‘bouncers from the Wizard of Oz’ live on TV at Vegas GP


SKY SPORTS Formula One reporter Craig Slater and commentator David Croft wore bizarre jackets on air this morning.

The duo were in Las Vegas for Thursday night’s farcical F1 practice sessions.

Sky SportsDavid Croft, left, and Craig Slater, right, wore daring jackets live on Sky[/caption]

Amid the glitz and glamour, organisers dubbed the event the “greatest show on Earth“.

But fans paying up to $150,000 for tickets saw just eight minutes of FP1 action after Carlos Sainz‘s Ferrari was severely damaged by a failed drain cover, before being kicked out ahead of the delayed FP2.

The action did not recommence until past 2am local time, with Slater and Croft among those having to occupy themselves during the more than two-hour delay.

Sky Sports’ duo wore matching Vegas-themed glittery green and silver jackets for the event.

Showing self-depreciating humour, Slater claimed that they looked like “Bouncers from the Wizard of Oz.”

Before fans were kicked out at 1:30am by race organisers, Slater got chatting to a group to see what they made of the event.

As he approached a collection of ticket-holders, Slater was greeted by one who beamed: “I love your jacket!”

While a fan online joked: “Only in Vegas.”


If F1 fans were sceptical on the jackets, they were left livid with how events unfolded.

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Following the botched drain covers issue that saw paying consumers see just eight minutes of driving, many took to social media to voice their displeasure.

One wrote: “This weekend is becoming more and more of a joke.”

While a second fumed: “I have never been so embarrassed to be a American F1 fan this is awful.”

A third admitted: “This is turning into a farce…”

And another added: “Ok now THAT is ridiculous.”

Sainz’s Ferrari required a number of repairs, and astonishingly he will be slapped with a grid penalty by the FIA – despite the work on his car only being necessitated by the botched track.

Prancing Horse chief Fred Vasseur blasted: “Carlos hit something and it hit the engine and battery. I think it is unsatisfactory.

“I do not want to look at the bigger picture. It has costs us a lot of money. It was unacceptable.”

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AFPCarlos Sainz was forced to abandon his damaged Ferrari[/caption]

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