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Featured Chinese GP: Verstappen top in smoggy FP1

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Bethonie Waring, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Bethonie Waring

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    Verstappen FP1.jpg Max Verstappen led a truncated first free practice session in China as weather forced running to pause twice this morning.

    It was visibility rather than a wet track that brought out the red flag only five minutes after the start of the session. The medical helicopter was unable to fly to the designated hospital in the smog, making it unsafe for the cars to be on track. That delayed the real start of the session for over 40 minutes, when the session restarted with about half the time remaining.

    About twenty minutes later, the red flag was brought out again as the helicopter was once again unable to operate.

    In the brief period of running available, drivers headed out on a mixture of wet weather and intermediate tyres. Rain made the track greasy, leading to a number of spins and slides. Nico Hulkenberg was the only driver to have a serious incident, though, when he span at turn three and beached his Renault in the gravel, bringing out a Virtual Safety Car.

    Kevin Magnussen completed more laps than anybody else, managing a huge eight laps of the Shanghai circuit. Only fourteen drivers managed to set flying laps, with Verstappen leading the way with a 1:50.491 on intermediate tyres.

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  2. ThatRacingGuy

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    I drove 88 MPH last night... weird stuff happened

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    Nice nice nice
     
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  3. Boby Kim

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    Max will become the new world champion in China:whistling:
     
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  4. Fanapryde

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    FP 2 canceled, too much fog.
     
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  5. Rapala

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    Bizarre that they cancel because a helicopter can't take off. What's wrong with ambulances that the rest of us mere mortals are assigned in an accident?
     
  6. Kari Kranck

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    DutchAnglo racing Team. Little bit older look.

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  7. Fanapryde

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    F1rules state that ambulances need to be able to reach the hospital within a certain time frame, which was not the case here. The closest hospital on the other hand was not equipped to cover all traumas. Helicopter would have been a solution, but it could not take off due to the weather circumstances.