Opening practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was abandoned on Friday because of safety concerns after a loose drain cover caused serious damage to George Russell’s Williams car.
Only two cars had clocked lap times in the opening minutes before Briton Russell, at high speed, ran over a cover, which had been lifted slightly by a previous car, and suffered impact damage to the floor which sent debris across the circuit.Russell was forced to stop, his car badly damaged. He was unhurt, but with more than 300 similar drain covers around the circuit, the race stewards elected to abandon the session to ensure they were all welded down in position.
As Russell’s car was taken back to the pits, the rescue truck hit a bridge. This collision resulted in damage to the vehicle’s on-board crane which, in turn, then released a flow of hydraulic fluid onto the engine cover of the Englishman’s car.( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]