Everybody saw those pictures of Daniel bracing the rain with his helmet while walking around on Thursday. Nobody expected that weather to be as bad as it was. Our Friday roundup is lacking of words, because it was lacking of action.
The Chinese crowds who attended Shanghai International Circuit got to see Daniel go round the racetrack only 7 times, all during the Free Practice 1, all due the fact that the medical helicopter couldn’t operate. 4 of those laps were in/outlaps, and 2 were affected by the yellow flag/VSC triggered by Nico Hulkenberg’s walk into the gravel. His only timed lap was a 1:54.038; 3.547s behind pace setter, teammate Max Verstappen.
Remember, FP1 does usually tell a bit of info but not deciding, and considering this was a lap done in Inters when parts of the track still needed wet tyres, it’s actually not bad. Bad was that the Free Practice 2 was initially postponed and then completely cancelled after weather didn’t improved.
Issue is that, in Shanghai, all aerial transportation depends entirely on the airport saying. If the airport says all planes/helicopters shall be grounded, it’s in fact illegal to go against it. And a roadway could not be cleared enough to assure a quick arrival to the designated hospital.
This situation also puts in danger any action for Saturday and Sunday so we hope the Chinese fans (and all of us overall) get what we want: RACING!
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