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Sport qualifying postponement: it was not the manhole cover, but the concrete

12:20  25 october  2020
12:20  25 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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The qualifying for the Grand Prix of Portugal was postponed by half an hour on Saturday . The reason for this seemed to be a loose manhole cover. But FIA race director Michael Masi now explains that the problem in Portimao occurred for the first time in this form, since the lid itself did not trigger the delay.

incidents with manhole covers are not uncommon in Formula 1: George Russell was the victim of one in Baku last year, and Romain Grosjean had a serious accident in Malaysia in 2017. However, the problem on Saturday in Portugal was different: It was not the lid itself that was defective, but the concrete coating.

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In the last corner, at the end of the third training session, the drainage cover came loose when Sebastian Vettel strayed from the ideal line and lifted the cover. As a result, the route operators had to carry out extensive repairs in order to continue to guarantee safety.

"It wasn't actually the manhole cover itself [damaged], but the concrete shell underneath," explains Masi. "And then we saw the manhole cover itself rising. As soon as we noticed it, the third training session was obviously suspended, it couldn't be continued."

The FIA ​​race director admits that such an incident has never occurred before. "So we checked all the other drains with all the officials around the circuit, that was the most efficient way of doing that. There were a few other cracks that were immediately identified and repaired."

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In turn 14, the damage was repaired with a plastic pipe that was filled with concrete. "Then we put a quick-setting concrete on top and tried to get it dry as quickly as possible." This resulted in the delay in the afternoon.

"It is better that we did it this way and checked everything." As soon as qualifying was over, further checks were carried out on the entire track, a precautionary measure emphasized Masi. He also has an explanation for why the incident occurred: because of the high downforce of the cars.

"I would suggest that," he says. "We don't value the forces that a Formula 1 car generates." It was "unpredictable". After all, the racetrack has been modernized for the Grand Prix, including new asphalt and new safety barriers.

Lewis Hamilton isn't concerned. The Briton also emphasizes how "physically demanding" the cars are on every route. No other car can replicate that. "Nobody was put in danger and they did a fantastic job," said the Mercedes driver.

The incident was a "surprise". Nobody expected that. However, not many pilots drove over the drainage at that point. GPDA Director Romain Grosjean adds that it is not the driver's job to inspect the tracks.

"I was confident that the job was done right and that everyone in the FIA ​​and on the track had solved the problem," said the Frenchman. "I think the GPDA is doing the maximum we can."

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