Mother nature decided to throw a spanner into the works in China this morning, with rain and fog bringing limited running at the Shanghai International Circuit.
The first red flag of the day occurred just four minutes into the session with the medical helicopter unable to fly due to a thick mist that had rolled into the region.
Only a handful of laps were completed by the drivers, with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen setting the fastest lap in FP1 with a 1:50.491. The tricky conditions caught a number of drivers out, the worst of which was Nico Hulkenberg who managed to beach his Renault in the gravel trap at Turn 2.
Shortly after Hulkenberg’s soggy trudge back to the pit lane the session was flagged again due to the weather, the medical helicopter unable to fly once again due to inclement weather.
Cue the start of FP2 and… nothing.
Patience may indeed be a virtue but the weather had other ideas, not allowing for any running as the medical helicopter was once again grounded. Eventually the session was halted, bringing an end to a pretty miserable day – especially for those who made the journey to the circuit, some even from a galaxy far, far, away…
Check out the (brief) highlights package below, courtesy of Formula One Group.