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Rain disrupts F1 preparations at Imola and washes out Indianapolis 500 practice

Rain disrupts F1 preparations at Imola and washes out Indianapolis 500 practice

In the round-up: Inclement weather is causing problems for Formula 1 in Europe and IndyCar in the USA.

In brief

Imola paddock evacuated due to flood risk

Although Formula 1 has already said it plans to go ahead with this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola amid severe weather warnings in the region, there is now a possibility that the decision could be taken out of its hands.

On Tuesday the Santerno river which runs alongside the track burst its banks, and the water level was actually higher than the paddock. Perimeter barriers prevented that water from flowing down into the paddock, but rain still left some work areas surrounded by water and the track was evacuated in the afternoon. At the time of writing, with the situation regarding the river being monitored, paddock personnel have been told they will not be allowed back into the track first thing on Wednesday morning.

Two Alpine team members had to change hotels in Imola due to the heavy rain, but the majority of their staff located elsewhere were unaffected.

The series expects conditions will begin to improve tomorrow and is confident the race weekend will be able to go ahead.

Indy 500 practice put on hold due to rain

The green flag may not wave on the Indianapolis 500 until 28th May, but practice for it starts 12 days beforehand and there are eight sessions in total before the race. The very first of those this Tuesday was put on hold due to wet weather.

Drivers sat tight throughout the day as rain fell and then eased at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The start time for second practice went by and finally confirmation came that “today’s on-track activity has been cancelled”.

IndyCar also confirmed a revision to today’s schedule, with a rookie orientation session for the debuting Abel Motorsports team and its driver RC Enerson taking place at 10:15am ahead of a six-hour practice session for the whole field starting at 12pm.

Ocon: “We can take the fight to the top teams”

After an Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend in which Alpine were far from the top ten in qualifying, the sprint race and the grand prix itself, company CEO Laurent Rossi criticised his team and made it clear improvements had to happen.

The response was immediate, as at next weekend’s Miami Grand Prix the team’s cars qualified fifth and eighth, then finished eighth and ninth. Heading to Imola there is confidence within the team that a repeat of Miami is now more likely than a repeat of Baku.

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