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Opening practice and Schumacher debut cancelled due to fog

Opening practice for the Eifel Grand Prix was cancelled on Friday morning due to misty and wet weather at the circuit.

Formula One’s return to the Nurburgring for the first time since 2013 was hit by a murky fog and low temperatures that meant that the medical helicopter could not fly.

The 90-minutes session was due to start at 1100 as scheduled, but the pit lane exit was not opened to allow cars on track.

The October 11 date for Sunday’s race is the latest in the calendar year for an F1 race to take place at the Nurburgring.

The air temperature was 10 Celsius and the track temperature 12 degrees in the chilly autumnal conditions, which are forecast to continue through the weekend.

The cancellation meant that Mick Schumacher, the 21-year-old son of seven-time world champion Michael, was unable to make his debut in opening practice with the Alfa Romeo team.


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