Alfa Romeo Racing driver Kimi Raikkonen said Formula 1 ”looked like amateurs” after a loose drain cover forced a cancellation of the free practice session.
A displaced drain cover caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage to George Russell car, according to the Williams team, forcing him to skip the second practice session as the third chassis was being prepared.
Raikkonen said this was a common issue drivers face every year and that more needs to be done to secure the drain covers properly.
The 39-year-old Finn said today, April 26: ”Obviously it was far from ideal for everybody and we looked like amateurs, here today,”
“It’s up to the FIA to make sure the track is as best as possible. But it seems that every year, somewhere a drain cover comes loose or something flies off.
“They say they welded the drain covers but obviously that one was far from welded today. It’s up to them to go and check them all, there’s plenty of people here, but the same thing has happened before here.
“Luckily nobody got hurt, but it obviously destroyed everybody’s day and, plus for the people who came here to watch the practice. It’s far from ideal.”