The F1s didn’t make a single meter at the Eifel Grand Prix venue at the Nürburgring on Friday due to bad weather. Due to the rain and fog, the start of the two-and-a-half-hour free practice was constantly delayed and then not started. With that, the teams lost valuable working time, with only one hour left on Saturday to familiarize themselves with the track returning to Formula 1 after a seven-year hiatus – provided the weather allows it.
Due to Friday’s idle, most expressed their frustration and sadness, but Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer approached the situation from a different perspective. “It’s a bit like practicing in Imola, where we only go for two days,” the expert said, referring to the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix schedule starting on Saturday.
The only difference will be that the schedule for the race weekend in three weeks has been deliberately planned this way, leaving time for the teams to move their trucks from the previous venue, Portimao. Hence, the only free practice on Saturday will be an hour and a half instead of the usual one.
“There will be a lot of pressure on everyone to find the speed even faster,” Szafnauer looked ahead.