Chinese GP to go ahead as planned after hospital upgrade

Apr 10, 2017, 00:50
Chinese GP to go ahead as planned after hospital upgrade

"I think the forecast is looking better tomorrow so at least we will get some dry laps to try a few new things heading into Qualifying, for now the most important thing is laps, the more the better".

The safety regulations now require the medical helicopter to be able to transport a stricken driver from the circuit to the nearest hospital in under 20 minutes.

Drivers had nearly no opportunity to run in the wet conditions during the two Friday practice sessions at the Shanghai circuit and now Sky Sports' F1 expert Ted Kravitz has revealed why the stormy weather could even see the whole race called off.

Rain and smog played spoilsport on Friday as the second practice session of theFormula One Chinese Grand Prix had to be called off due to low visibility.

Indeed the day's second 90-minute session was delayed and then eventually cancelled before a single auto had taken to the track.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has designated two hospitals to provide medical care for Sunday's race, the Huashan Hospital, 38 kilometers from the track, and the Ruijin Hospital, five kilometers away.

"After the first pit stop I had good balance and speed which meant I could claw some time back and close the gap to the leaders." .

He set a time of one minute, 31.678 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who split Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by the narrowest of margins. Hamilton did, however, go across to the main grandstand near the end of P2 to sign some caps and throw them to the fans.

"Nine cars is quite a lot for one lap, but of course I'm very happy that it worked".

The teams finally got to use Pirelli's slick tyres today, with Lewis Hamilton claiming pole on P Zero Red supersoft: topping qualifying after Michael Schumacher's all-time lap record from 2004 was already beaten in Q2.

"We need to work together with the FIA and (commercial rights holder) FOM to find a solution or an alternative plan of some kind when we have circumstances like this in the future".