The FIA has identified the cause of the drain cover issues that
have plagued the first practice session at the Las Vegas Grand
Prix. Both Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon suffered damage after
running over drain covers, with the former stopping on track after
it cut out his engine after just nine minutes of track action. The
session was red flagged and subsequently abandoned, with the FIA
having to check the circuit ahead of any further on track running.
All drivers apart from Logan Sargeant completed at least one lap,
with Charles Leclerc setting the quickest time. FIA identifies
problem An FIA spokesperson confirmed: “Following inspection, it
was the concrete frame around a manhole cover that has failed. “We
now need to check all of the other manhole covers which will take
some time. “We will be discussing with the local circuit
engineering team about the length of time it will take to resolve
and will update with any resultant changes to the schedule.”

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