Azerbaijan practice cancelled after Russell collides with loose drain cover

Daniel Ricciardo couldn't hide the disappointment

The Briton was unhurt but the dislodged cover smashed the underside of the Briton's vehicle, bringing out the red flags to stop the session after just 12 of 90 scheduled minutes.

To make matters worse, the crane of the recovery truck carrying Russell's auto back to the pits hit a bridge that spans the track.

That leaked hydraulic fluid on to Russell's auto beneath.

Russell said: "There was a manhole cover and I got the biggest smack on my body".

"It's ruined the floor and I'm a bit anxious for the chassis now". With safety checks needed to be carried out on all the circuit's drain covers, the session was soon cancelled altogether. We were on the normal racing line and it's completely ruined our session.

Russell's auto was lifted on to a low-loader after he had safely got out of it, unhurt, so the damage could be assessed back in the Williams garage.

The second practice session is due to get begin at 5pm local time (2pm UK).

Ricciardo reverses into Daniil Kvyat
Ricciardo reverses into Daniil Kvyat

"The circuit needs to make sure that their drain covers are bolted down properly.the damage that can do could put us out this afternoon". "That's just not acceptable". "Running over a cover like that at 300 kph is not nice". In 2017, a loose drain cover at the Malaysian Grand Prix caused £500,000 of damage to one of Haas' F1 cars, which the American team successfully claimed in compensation via the Sepang circuit's insurance policy.

After the recovery vehicle struck the bridge, the world feed showed several Williams mechanics shaking their heads in the pit-lane.

"However, the Ferraris are clearly very quick and it looks like they're quite a bit ahead of us, so we'll need to investigate to see where we are losing time compared to them". It also showed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and the team's advisor Helmut Marko laughing in disbelief at the images.

"It's not what you expect from a Formula 1 track".

Race officials chose to end the session as track repairs were carried out, the F1 site reported.

Qualifying will take place on Saturday with Hamilton looking to extend his lead from Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari rivals Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

"Oh well, (it) just gives me extra time to catch up on Game of Thrones", added the 34-year-old, who has been binge-watching the popular fantasy series.

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