Formula One: Both follow periods for the Eifel Grand Prix on the rural German observe had been scrapped on the Nuerburgring..
- Last Updated: October 10, 2020, 8:04 AM IST
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Formula One’s governing physique is working on back-up plans to safeguard the Eifel Grand Prix after unhealthy climate prevented any observe motion on the Nuerburgring on Friday, race director Michael Masi mentioned.
Both follow periods for the race on the rural German observe had been scrapped after the medical helicopter that should be ready to fly to a close-by hospital in an emergency was grounded by fog.
The circuit is just too removed from a hospital by street to meet a most 20-minute switch requirement.
“The forecast looks better (for Saturday) but we’re also working on some back-up plans should we have a similar situation to be able to try to work around,” Masi informed reporters, with out giving particulars.
With no Friday follow, groups now have just one session earlier than Saturday’s qualifying and that ought to make for a busy morning.
Formula One final raced on the Nuerburgring in 2013 and groups could have loads of work to do on automobile setup.
It additionally successfully makes it a two day race weekend — one thing Formula One has already deliberate for Italy’s Imola circuit subsequent month though the Saturday session there will likely be longer.
“It’s kind of like a practice run for Imola,” mentioned Racing Point group boss Otmar Szafnauer. “It just puts pressure on everybody to get up to speed even more quickly.”
Six instances world champion Lewis Hamilton, 44 factors away from group mate Valtteri Bottas on the high of the standings, mentioned that even when the helicopter had been ready to fly, groups would most likely have accomplished few laps.
“I’d have loved to have just done an installation lap. Everyone is in the same boat though,” mentioned the Mercedes driver who can equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time file of 91 profession wins on Sunday.
Hamilton mentioned he had spent the time messing round together with his bulldog Roscoe and watching outdated onboard footage of earlier races within the rain.
“It definitely makes it a serious challenge with less practice, so I look forward to that,” he mentioned.