Formula 1 show in Baku began with a shock moment
Baku. The loose cover of the mine causes training.
Roadside assistance: Williams crews pushes George Russell's hit emergency vehicle into the pits.
An introduction to the Formula 1 weekend for the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan (Sunday, 14.10 pm, ORF one) was presented differently in Baku yesterday: The first free practice was to be interrupted for twelve minutes, as the separated shaft covers Williams heavily damaged by George Russell. The 21-year-old Formula 1 debutant survived the moment of shock unharmed.
"My body was shattered," said Russell, who could not ride yesterday, while Williams mechanics had to change the entire chassis. The English team was in damages of 120,000 euros in speech. The bill is likely to have to be paid by the organizer in Baku. This meant after the incident that before the training "all prescribed in the regulations security checks" were conducted.
Reportedly, the damaged clamp was the reason why the lid of a 110-mile shah was released when Charles Leclerc drove him with his Ferrari – an unwanted effect from the tremendous pressure developed by the Formula 1 car. Russell then collided with the raised lid, but he could control Williams after a heavy blow. Then, the organizers were busy checking all the shutters for the manholes on the road path – it's not an easy task for more than 300 people.
Williams is not selling
World champion Lewis Hamilton noticed a workout with British humor: "I could then watch more episodes of" The Game of Thrones, "his comment on Twitter. Of course, Claire Williams did not see it so relaxed." I'm upset, you do not expect it was the Formula 1 championship, "said David Frank Williams' daughter and right-hander, who also had another reason to get upset in Baku." There were rumors that Russian billionaire Dmitry Massepin wanted to take over the traditional team "I will not to sell Williams, "said 42-year-old old.
Training Results: Second Session (the first training was interrupted after 30 minutes): 1. Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1: 42.872 minutes, 2. Vettel (D) Ferrari + 0.324 seconds, 3. Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 0.691, 4. Versatile (Sun) Red Bull 0.921, 5. Botas 1.344, 9. Gas (Fra), Red Bull 1.368, 10. Norris (GB), Tony Roso, McLaren 1.423.
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