The Eifel Grand Prix practice sessions were thwarted by inclement weather making it so no rubber hit the Nürburgring for the 11th round of the 2020 Formula 1 Championship.
Yes, it was cold. Yes, it was rainy. But what did it this time was the fog. Not the first time visibility, or lack thereof, has affected a grand prix session. But both FP1 and FP2, all of Friday, were called off. On its face, it’s obviously the right move. The real sticking point is the mobility of the medical choppers. The last time FP2 was axed was also due to the medical choppers way back in 2017 in China. Furthermore, it has been exactly 502 days since there wasn’t a recorded lap on Friday of race weekend. But that was at Monaco, of course.
To anyone complaining about that, well, aside from lacking common sense – should we need an emergency evacuation, I’d hope we can protect the drivers life by delivering them to the proper care. If that means there’s no running because Michael Masi determined the helicopters can’t safely fly in an emergency situation, so be it.
What made things worse for those not privy to that nuanced bit in the regulations about the medical helicopter was that the broadcast helicopter was cruising like it was a sunny day.
Michael Masi was quoted after the session as saying the following regarding the state of the rest of the weekend following the tough decision to cancel Friday’s late afternoon session:
Michael Masi, FIA Race Director
Most affected by this arguably were the two high flying juniors who were eagerly anticipated to make their F1 debut in a test session. Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott were set to fill the seats for Alfa Romeo and Haas representing the Ferrari Driver Academy. Given their F2 showing and promise as the young hopefuls of the future of this current underclass of drivers, surely they will still make an appearance this season but nothing is for certain.
While Friday is mostly exploratory, Formula 1 can’t afford to not run Saturday yet still race Sunday. Atleast if they can manage it. Interestingly enough, Imola will be a two day event. But given the track characteristics like elevation changes, lack of familiarity, and outright difficulty The Eifel Grand Prix will bring the drivers, a full weekend of running was imperative. Things should be interesting tomorrow in the third schedule practice session and qualifying.
That is, if there’s running at all.
Stay tuned to find out more. Follow along the Formula 1 live data tracker for all the Eifel Grand Prix action and make sure to check out the F1 news updates for all breaking alerts.
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