The presence of thick fog forced the cancellation of the first two free practice sessions of the Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix held at the Nurburgring circuit on Friday in Germany.
The weather conditions were not conducive to holding the activities, with the rain also mixing in the game. Consequently, the medical helicopter was not able to take off, which is essential to allow the single-seaters to taxi.
“It’s good to see the fans in the stands again, but I’m disappointed that they couldn’t see any action,” Quebecer Lance Stroll said in a statement.
The legendary Nurburgring circuit has made an ephemeral return to the F1 calendar this year due to the many upheavals linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last race held there was in 2013. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) then won the German GP in 2013.
The teams and the drivers will therefore have 60 minutes, with the third practice session scheduled for Saturday morning, to familiarize themselves with the circuit and perfect the settings. Qualifications will follow a few hours later. So each turn will be very important in the next session.
“The teams haven’t raced here for a long time so there is no data to rely on and there is added pressure with just one session before qualifying,” added Stroll.
“We also need to see what the conditions will be [samedi]. Practice could take place in wet conditions and qualifying on a dry track so it will be a day where we have to react quickly and learn what we can to be ready for [la course]. “
Stroll will try in Germany to end a two-retirement streak. He is currently eighth in the drivers’ standings with 57 points.