Chinese GP | Lack of visibility cancels FP2

Second Free Practice at the Chinese Grand Prix sees no running.

90-minutes of clock and cloud watch unfolded in China, as poor weather conditions in Shanghai meant the medical helicopter was unable to operate. Seeing no car hit the track in FP2, after only minor running in the weekend opener.

The first free practice session at the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix lasted just a few minutes before an initial red flag was waved as the cloud cover in Shanghai began to thicken.

The session later restarted for a handful of laps. But after Hulkenberg spun into the gravel and the cloud’s failed to clear, the session was brought to an early end.

Two and a half hours then past between the chequered flag and the scheduled start of FP2. But the mixture of smog and rain failed to clear and the start of the session was delayed.

Unfortunately, that delay proved never-ending as a lack of visibility 38-kilometres away in the centre of Shanghai meant the medical helicopter would not be able to land.

The medical helicopter would have been able to take off at the circuit. But that was not the point. The medical helicopter not being able to land at the designated hospital was, as that is where the briefed doctors and necessary equipment are should any driver crash and need emergency medical attention.

With red flags out and no cars allowed on track, fans spent the session putting up flags and waiting for any action to get underway.

But as the end of the session neared and no action looked likely, Lewis Hamilton took to the track anyway to head out and wave to the fans. Cutting across the pit straight and throwing a collection of signed Mercedes hats into the stands.

Hamilton throwing caps - FP2 China 2017 - Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton throws signed hats to his fans during FP2 at the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix. Photo credit: Mercedes AMG F1 Team.