The Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix will continue to run to its original schedule for the remainder of the weekend, despite the lobbying of some teams to shift the race to Saturday amid ongoing concerns over the prevailing weather conditions.
Low clouds and pollution kept the medical helicopter grounded and unable to land at the circuit’s designated hospital, which lies more than the maximum permissible 20-minute ambulance drive away.
With those factors in play, the FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting would not permit the cars to run at all during Friday’s second practice session, and the field only had limited running in the earlier FP1 session.
Amid further concerns that the poor weather conditions are forecast on Sunday, several teams were pushing to bring forward the race to Saturday. A decision on the possibility of changing the schedule was due to be made at the drivers’ briefing on Friday night.
The most up-to-date forecasts, however, suggest that the cloud cover will be higher on Sunday. As a result, Whiting has ruled that the remainder of the weekend’s timetable will go ahead as planned.
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