Mick Schumacher misses out on F1 debut as Eifel GP Practice One cancelled
Wet and foggy weather at the Nurburgring means P1 never started; Schumacher and Ilott's F1 debuts put on hold until another weekend; Will Practice Two from 2pm also be affected?
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 09/10/20 1:45pm
Mick Schumacher missed out on a Grand Prix weekend debut at the Nurburgring after Friday's first practice did not start due to poor weather.
On a wet and foggy morning in the heart of the Eifel mountains, conditions were deemed unsuitable for the medical helicopter to fly were it required to travel to the nearest hospital and so the pit lane did not open.
The session was initially delayed by 30 minutes before a further half-hour delay was followed by formal cancellation of the weekend's opening session on safety grounds.
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Schumacher, the 21-year-old F2 title leader, was only scheduled to run for Alfa Romeo in Practice One and so the team will now have to reschedule his debut. The same applies for fellow Ferrari junior Callum Ilott, with the Brit having been due to run with Haas in place of Romain Grosjean.
"Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur has told me if they can't get out on track with Mick Schumacher here, that'll be it for the weekend as he won't run in P2, so they'd have to work a schedule out for elsewhere in the year," said Sky F1's Ted Kravitz.
Nico Rosberg, the 2016 world champion, said: "I'm so gutted for Mick and Callum!"
Of the difficult conditions on F1's return to the Nurburgring after a seven-year absence, FIA race director Michael Masi said: "It is a bit challenging. Obviously with the fog that's come in the medical helicopter is not able to take off and fly to the hospital. The distance by road is far too far should something occur.
"The region we're in is not dissimilar to Austria earlier in the year. The fog has come in and it's being going up slightly, but then coming down more dramatically. From an FIA perspective, the safety of all the participants going out is paramount and that is not something we would compromise."
With rain expected throughout the day, attention will now turn to Practice Two and whether conditions improve sufficiently for that session to take place from 2pm BST.
Sky F1's live Eifel GP schedule
|Date and show||On Air||Session start|
|Friday, October 9|
|Story So Far||4.30pm|
|Saturday, October 10|
|Sunday, October 11|
|The Eifel Grand Prix||11.30am||1.10pm|
P1 is the second practice session to be cancelled this year due to bad weather.
F1 has never run at the Nurburgring as late in a calendar year as this but, although cold conditions are expected to last all weekend, the forecast is slightly more favourable for Saturday and Sunday.