FP1 was abandoned after two drivers suffered damage after running over drain covers just nine minutes into the session.
The FIA has determined the cause of the drain cover issues that affected the first practice session at the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon both suffered damage when they ran over drain covers, resulting in Sainz’s engine cutting out and forcing the session to be red flagged and abandoned. The FIA had to inspect the circuit before any further on-track running could take place. All drivers except Logan Sargeant completed at least one lap, with Charles Leclerc setting the fastest time. A spokesperson for the FIA stated that the concrete frame around a manhole cover had failed, and they will need to check all the other manhole covers, which will require some time. Discussions will be held with the local circuit engineering team to determine the length of time needed to resolve the issue, and any changes to the schedule will be updated accordingly.