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FP1: Session cancelled after Russell hits drain cover

  • Published on 26 Apr 2019 11:28
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

The opening practice session of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend came to a premature end as George Russell struck a drain cover in the opening minutes of the session.

The drain cover destroyed the underside of the Williams, which resulted in a red flag and forced the FIA to conduct a full track study.

The Ferrari of Charles Leclerc sucked up the drain cover on the straight between Turns 2 and 3, which moments later, saw Russell run over it. 

The situation became worse for the Grove squad, as the recovery truck's crane hit the underside of a bridge as it brought the FW42 back to the garage and oil started spilling onto the car.

Only the two Ferraris set lap times during the shortened session, with Charles Leclerc topping the timesheet ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

In 2017, Haas received compensation after Romain Grosjean crashed heavily in Malaysia following a similar situation, in which a loose drain cover pitched him into the barrier.

AZ Baku City Circuit - 26 April 2019

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