The first practice session for Formula 1’s Las Vegas Grand Prix was effectively cancelled due to a track safety problem
The first practice session for the Las Vegas Grand Prix was cancelled due to a track safety problem. Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari struck a raised part of the track surface, causing significant damage to the car’s floor. The extent of the damage is still unknown. The session was red flagged and not resumed, as the FIA needed time to understand and address the issue. Esteban Ocon’s Alpine also suffered significant damage, requiring a chassis change. Charles Leclerc set the fastest lap time before the cancellation, but the lap times are not significant due to the early stage of the session and the cold track conditions. Teams will now focus on FP2 to determine the correct downforce levels for the street circuit that requires high efficiency. McLaren has made revisions to their rear wing to combat high drag. The track temperature was less than 20C at the start of the session, posing an additional challenge.