After all the excitement in Australia, there wasn’t a great deal to see on the first day of practice for the Chinese Grand Prix. Time to write a blog on just ten minutes of action due to poor visibility in but at least Lewis Hamilton had a moan, so always something to write about.
I’ve been to a few horse racing meetings where the action was delayed due to the absence of an ambulance. Well pretty much the same thing happened in China as the terrible smoggy and misty conditions made it impossible for the medical helicopter to be used. Twice the first practice session was stopped when it was impossible to land at the hospital and when the local airport had to be closed.
The 15 minutes that we did manage to get saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen set the fastest time on the damp track with Felipe Massa’s Williams in second and his team-mate Lance Stoll third. Racing conditions weren’t at all great with Nico Hulkenburg spinning into the gravel at Turn Two and problems for both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean at Turn 10.
Not much therefore to indicate what we can expect over the weekend as only 14 drivers set a time and that’s a number which doesn’t include championship leader Sebastian Vettel (not something that has been written for a while) and Lewis Hamilton. The problems with the medical helicopter continued and the poor visibility meant the second practice session had to be cancelled.
Lewis Hamilton did his best to entertain the disappointed crowd by signing caps and filming for his social media accounts in front of them. He wasn’t happy though about the lack of action on Friday and believes Saturday should be used for practice with both qualifying and the race on Sunday. His view is that the poor weather could be “a blessing in disguise” with the new bosses having a chance to produce something “proactive and creative.” For a brief while it was even considered having the race on Saturday which would have delighted the TV companies, NOT!
It was a no-win situation on Friday though, the cars simply couldn’t be allowed on the track without that medical helicopter available. Safety is paramount above everything else and Hamilton should know that.
What does the weekend have in store for us? It’s due to be dry on Saturday but rain is on its way back on Sunday and that could cause plenty of problems for the organisers. I’ll be back on Saturday when hopefully there is more to report on, till then enjoy your racing (if you see any).