Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott will have to wait until another grand prix to make their respective Formula One weekend debuts following the cancellation of Free Practice One at the Nurburgring.
The session was cancelled by the FIA due to rainy and foggy conditions which prevented the medical helicopter from being able to take off.
“It is pretty challenging with the fog that’s come in, the medical helicopter is not able to take off and fly to the hospital and the distance by road is far too far should something occur,” Formula One race director Michael Masi said.
“With the region we’re in, it’s probably not dissimilar to Austria earlier in the year where we had a similar situation. It’s just the nature of the area and the location and the fog’s come and been going up slightly but coming back down dramatically so obviously we’ll just judge at the time.
“Obviously from an FIA perspective, the safety of all participants, particularly the drivers going out, is paramount and that’s not something that we would compromise,” Masi added, explaining why the session had to be cancelled.
At this point, it’s unclear whether or not Free Practice Two, which is scheduled to start in the early afternoon, will also have to be cancelled.
Either way, Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott will have to wait until later in the year to make their F1 weekend debuts.
Schumacher was set to run in the session with Alfa Romeo, while Ilott was poised to drive one of the Haas cars.
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