Manhole cover incident mars first GP practice session

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26 Apr 2019

Azerbaijan GP sees first practice get cancelled: Details here

The first practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was cancelled after a loose manhole cover damaged George Russell's car.

Briton Russell, who drives for Williams, saw his car catch the edge of the cover during Turn Two and Three.

That resulted in smashing the floor of his car which ultimately led to a shut down.

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First session

How did the incident unfold?

How did the incident unfold?

Russell was at high speed and ran over the cover, which had been lifted slightly by a previous car (Charles Leclerc of Ferrari).

The damage led to debris getting spread across the circuit.

Russell escaped unhurt, as the race stewards took the decision to abandon the session and ensure that they were all welded down in position.

The session was soon cancelled officially.

Farcical scenes during the first practice session

There was more bad luck in store for Russell. The truck that was bringing Russell's car back to the pits, crashed into a bridge over the track. That in turn leaked hydraulic fluid on to Russell's car beneath. Another vehicle had to rescue the car

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'I got the biggest smack through my body'

"I got the biggest smack through my body, and the whole engine turned off. It's ruined the floor and I'm a bit worried for the chassis now. We were on the normal racing line and it's completely ruined our session," said a gutted Williams driver.

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Russell sits out of second practice session

Meanwhile, the second practice session started after everything was checked.

But Russell sat out of the second session with his car being repaired.

As per the FIA rules, the Briton will not be able to go out until FP3 on Saturday after the damage sustained to his car.

"George's car will require a chassis change due to the damage," Williams issued a statement.

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What led to the first practice session of Azerbaijan GP get cancelled?

Whose car was damaged in relation to the manhole incident?

What did he say after the incident?

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What led to the first practice session of Azerbaijan GP get cancelled?

Asked 2019-04-26 20:30:49 by Anonymous

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Opening practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was cancelled because of safety concerns after a loose drain cover caused serious damage to George Russell's Williams car.

Whose car was damaged in relation to the manhole incident?

Asked 2019-04-26 20:30:49 by Anonymous

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George Russell's car was damaged in relation to the manhole incident.

What did he say after the incident?

Asked 2019-04-26 20:30:49 by Anonymous

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"I got the biggest smack through my body, and the whole engine turned off. It's ruined the floor and I'm a bit worried for the chassis now. We were on the normal racing line and it's completely ruined our session. It's not what we need at this stage."

When will he be seen next?

Asked 2019-04-26 20:30:49 by Anonymous

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He will be seen during FP3 tomorrow.

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