One of the most anticipated images of the weekend, and possibly of the entire year, did not happen when planned. Mick Schumacher was going to get behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi in what were to be his first laps on a weekend of Formula 1 Grand Prix, as a prologue to a more than possible arrival at the Great Circus.
The setting was most conducive: Nürburgring, the legendary ‘Green Hell’ (although not in its long format, the Nordschliefe), just 90 kilometers from the Kerpen where his legendary father was born. Everything was ready … but the weather screwed him up.
At the low temperatures already foreseen for this Eifel Grand Prix joined an intense fog, which forced successive delays until the final cancellation of the free practice session. The joy in a well of all the drivers, especially the young Mick, who is the outstanding leader of the F2 championship and therefore a great candidate to get into F1 sooner rather than later.
He also couldn’t roll Callum Ilott, one of his rivals in the silver category and a member like him of the Ferrari Drivers Academy, the quarry of the Maranello team. In the case of the Briton, he was going to get on a Haas.
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) October 9, 2020
Formula 1 regulations are strict in terms of visibility, which affects not so much the drivers and cars (which also), but more to the medical helicopter. In the event that it cannot take off and land safely at the designated hospital (in this case, the one in Koblenz), the session in question cannot be played, be it free practice, qualifying or a race.