FIA conducting manhole cover inspections after F1 Las Vegas FP1 cut short
The first free practice session of the Las Vegas Grand Prix was cancelled due to a broken drain cover. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon both hit the loose cover, causing significant damage to their cars. Ferrari reported that Sainz’s car had extensive damage, while Alpine confirmed the need for a replacement chassis for Ocon. The fate of the second practice session is uncertain as the FIA investigates the cause of the incident and assesses the safety of the remaining manhole covers. There has been skepticism about the event from world champion Max Verstappen, who criticized the focus on showbusiness rather than the sporting aspect.