The closure of airports across Europe is going to create massive headaches for all twelve teams desperate to receive their precious cargo in order to fit and test the latest updates scheduled for the Spanish Grand Prix in three weeks time.
The massive volcano eruption in Iceland has caused a near total flight blackout, stranding countless planes, travellers and cargo travelling to and from Europe.
Allan Wollard, freight manager for Formula One Management, confirmed that the equipment – enough to fill an incredible six jumbo jets! – would be unlikely to be jetting back to Europe anytime soon.
"Until the airports open we’ll be staying here," he said. "Hopefully we’ll get out of here by the end of the week."
Wollard added that the freight would be sent straight to Barcelona if the delay dragged on too long.
Delays like this will create huge problems for the teams, who typically use the break between the flyaway races and the first European round to test and install their first major upgrades since the season got underway.
As Lotus’ Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne wrote on his Twitter feed: “…no news of when the freight will get back. Lots of work to do to update the cars for Barcelona so critical we get them back ASAP.”
[Original image via AMEinfo]