A Dangerous Surprise: Loose Drain Cover Halts Thrilling FP1 Session in Las Vegas

A Dangerous Surprise: Loose Drain Cover Halts Thrilling FP1 Session in Las Vegas
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The Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend has got off to an inauspicious start with the first practice session cancelled a

The first free practice session at the Nevada venue started with a lot of hype, but it was soon halted due to a red flag caused by Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari stopping on track as a result of a loose drain cover. This incident also caused damage to Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo and Esteban Ocon’s Alpine, with the latter needing to change the chassis of his car. This issue is reminiscent of a similar incident in the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix and a 2017 incident in Malaysia. The FIA is currently investigating the cause of the loose drain cover and working to find a solution before FP2. In terms of lap times, Charles Leclerc set the fastest time in FP1, followed by Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen. Unfortunately, five drivers did not have the opportunity to set a time before the session ended prematurely.

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