The Formula One canceled this Thursday the first free practice sessions of the Las Vegas Grand Prix (USA) due to a manhole cover on the track that caused the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz would stop.
The Spanish pilot, who jumped over that loose or raised manhole cover as if he were overcoming a pothole or some type of obstacle, He emerged unharmed and without any problems from the incident but his car had to be towed.
These first free practice sessions were canceled when It didn’t even take half an hour of testing on the game city track.
Sainz was traveling on a straight line when, as seen on the television broadcast of training, he ran over something on the track. The car jumped and a loud noise could be heard on television.
The Spanish Ferrari He stopped immediately and ended up parked on the left side of the route.which caused a red flag on the circuit.
Few minutes later, The FIA decided to cancel these first training sessions due to this incident.
The broadcast images showed that Sainz’s car was noticeably damaged on the underside and that the FIA stewards came to see the condition of the car while it was being removed.
“After an FIA inspection, The concrete frame around a culvert was found to have failed during the first free practice session,” Formula One said on its official X account (the social network formerly known as Twitter).
The FIA also assured that has begun to review all similar coverages on the route and that they will subsequently inform of any change in the scheduled schedule of this Grand Prix.
On the other hand, Alpine announced in X that They are going to change the chassis of Frenchman Esteban Ocon’s car also due to damage supposedly caused by a manhole cover on this urban route whose race, at night, is scheduled to be held on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. (06:00 GMT on Sunday).
The first free practice sessions in Las Vegas began this Thursday at 8:30 p.m. local time (04:30 GMT on Friday), while The second session was scheduled for midnight in Nevada City (08:00 GMT).
This unfortunate and worrying incident tarnished the start of this Grand Prix in Las Vegaswhich debuts on the Formula One calendar and appeared as one of the highlights of the 2023 season.