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Christian Horner

Horner makes F1 plea after Las Vegas practice delay

On-track action at the Las Vegas Grand Prix hasn't got off to a smooth start with FP1 abandoned due to loose manhole covers that inflicted damage on two cars in the opening minutes.

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Christian Horner has called on Formula 1 to be flexible with its timetable amid disruptions to the opening day of practice in Las Vegas.

The first session was abandoned just several minutes after the green light was shown due to loose manhole covers that damaged Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz's cars.

The second practice session has been delayed while the circuit is inspected.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Horner highlighted that safety is paramount with the ongoing issues but is keen to see F1 adjust its schedule accordingly.

“We've just got to be flexible,” he said. “You know, it's a great shame for the fans that have come out to see the cars running.

“But safety comes first. So we just got to get this right and hopefully, it won't take too long.

“Maybe [we'll] have to extend the amount of running time in FP3 or something like that. I think they'll get it sorted.

“We're here all night anyway. 2 o’clock in the morning, everybody in Europe can see it then as well!”

Horner expands on issue

Expanding on what the issue with the manhole covers in Las Vegas is, Horner added: “Obviously there's been a problem, I think that the frame around the manhole or the posts that are there, that seems to be what's given way.

“So they're going have to check all of the others and probably weld them or do something just to ensure from a safety point of view.

“You can see the damage that was done to the Ferrari. From what I've heard, I think one of the Alpines has [also] picked up a bit of damage.

“I've had a quick chat with Fred and obviously that damage is quite significant on that Ferrari.”

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