Shocking air quality in the region has delayed the start of today’s final practice session for the Indian Grand Prix, which has prevented the medical helicopter from being able to take off.
It would appear that some fires were burning in the area overnight, which has given the air in the Greater Noida area a decidedly hazy – and smelly – quality.
Race Control confirmed that the session would kick off at 11:20am local time and would be reduced to forty minutes’ length.
The reduced time will have some effect on the teams’ planned strategy runs as they prepare for this afternoon’s qualifying session.
The last time a practice session was delayed was during June’s Canadian Grand Prix, while marshals repaired damage to a crash barrier.