Why was the Azerbaijan practice cancelled and will qualifying go ahead TODAY?


AZERBAIJAN is hosting it’s third ever Grand Prix as the season moves onto Baku.

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are dominating the standings – but an incident during first practice at the Baku City Circuit resulted in the session being cancelled.

Williams have yet to score a point this season, but things went from bad to worse after George Russell’s car hit a loose manhole in Friday’s practice in Azerbaijan
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Why was the Azerbaijan practice cancelled?

THE cancellation occurred after an incident involving a loose manhole cover.

George Russell’s Williams was damaged when it caught the edge of the cover between turns 2 and 3, causing a massive impact to the underside of his car.

As a result, the car shut down and the engine shut off after the collision, with the entire chassis needing to be replaced.

Russell said: “There was a manhole cover and I got the biggest smack on my body. The engine turned off.”

There are estimated to be around 300 manhole covers on the Baku City Circuit.

The Ferrari’s were the only cars to set lap times during the first practice session – and it appears that Charles Leclerc’s car loosened the cover before Russell set off.

Will qualifying go ahead TODAY?

THE first practice session was cancelled whilst checks were carried out and the manhole cover fixed.

As it stands, things are back on schedule in Baku, with both qualifying and the race itself not under threat from cancellation.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday and Sunday –

  • Practice 3: Saturday, April 27 – 11am
  • Qualifying: Saturday, April 27 – 2pm
  • Race: Sunday, April 28 – 1.10pm


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