Eifel GP: No Friday practice possible due to bad Nurburgring weather

Eifel GP: No Friday practice possible due to bad Nurburgring weather

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Last Updated: 09/10/20 3:13pm

The opening day of the Eifel GP was scrapped due to poor weather at the Nurburgring, with both Friday practice sessions cancelled amid persistent rain and fog.

The lack of track action means Formula 1’s teams and drivers head into Saturday’s crucial qualifying day with no data on a circuit which is making its return this season after seven years off the calendar.

With the circuit cloaked in heavy fog throughout the day, the medical helicopter was unable to fly safely and so both practice sessions followed the same pattern.

The pit-lane was never opened at the scheduled start time of P1 and P2, and subsequent half-hour updates saw no improvement in the weather and thus meant no cars went out on track.

“So it’s a two-day weekend for the teams, effectively,” said Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz.

“They’ve seen this before. It’s questionable how much running they would have done anyway with the wet conditions and wet tyre restrictions.

“Tomorrow is brighter, with sunshine forecast, with the odd patch of rain on Sunday.”

There is only one scheduled practice session before qualifying on Saturday. Practice Three will start at 11am on Sky Sports F1, before qualifying at 2pm – with build-up from 1pm.

More to follow…



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