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Chinese Grand Prix: Bad Weather Hampers Friday’s Practice Session

By | Apr 07, 2017 08:17 AM EDT
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Chinese Grand Prix Update.

According to F1 rules, cars cannot run on the race track if the designated medical helicopter cannot fulfill its emergency duties. (Photo : Getty Images)

Low visibility forced Formula 1 (F1) authorities to call off the second practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday amid rain and smog. The low visibility stopped an emergency helicopter from landing near a designated hospital, eventually leading to the cancellation of the practice session.

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According to F1 rules, cars cannot run on the race track if the designated medical helicopter cannot fulfill its emergency duties. This rule is strictly followed to ensure the safety of F1 drivers.  

Earlier in the day, bad weather affected the first practice session as well, with race lasting for just 10 minutes. Red Bull's Max Verstappen proved to be the quickest driver in the first practice session.       

Top drivers like Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes as well as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen could manage only five laps between them during the practice session.   

The weather forecast for Saturday's qualifying race is quite better, with dry weather and occasional sunshine predicted for the day. The temperature is expected to hover near 20C.

However, the weather forecast for the Sunday's race is not very good. There might be light rainfall on Sunday, with heavy showers predicted for Saturday overnight and then fading through the morning. The temperature on the racing day is expected to be near 13 - 15C.

If the weather condition on Sunday is as bad as on Friday, then F1 authorities may have to postpone the race until organizers can guarantee a suitable medical evacuation method. 

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