F1 practice in Azerbaijan disrupted by loose drain cover

Mercedes technicians prepare British driver Lewis Hamiltons car ahead of the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on April 25, 2019. Image: Alexander NEMENOV / AFP
Mercedes technicians prepare British driver Lewis Hamiltons car ahead of the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on April 25, 2019. Image: Alexander NEMENOV / AFP

A loose drain cover disrupted the Azerbaijan Grand Prix's first practice session, which had to be abandoned Friday after only two cars had set a time.

George Russell was traveling at high speed when his Williams car hit the loose drain cover. The impact scattered fragments of the car's floor across the track and forced Russell to stop.

Things got worse for Russell's car when it was being taken back to the pits. The truck carrying it hit a bridge and fluid from its damaged crane flowed onto Russell's engine cover.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc set the fastest time of the brief session in 1min, 47.497 seconds.


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