February 23, 2024

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Canadian Grand Prix practice is CANCELLED after just four minutes due to faulty CCTV system

Canadian Grand Prix practice is CANCELLED after just four minutes due to faulty CCTV system in blow to punters paying £300 for tickets… before FP2 is extended and brought forward

  • The first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix was halted after just four minutes
  • Red flag was waved when the CCTV system broke down in front of 90,000 crowd
  • The second session was extended by 30 minutes and brought forward

Formula One was left red-faced as first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix ground to a halt after just four minutes of practice.

In front of an estimated crowd of 90,000 – some of whom paid £300 to watch the weekend’s action – the red flag was waved when the CCTV system broke down. The network provides footage from every area of the track and is essential for safety reasons.

The FIA issued a statement, effectively blaming the local organisers, who they said were ‘working to resolve the issue and until that time we can’t re-start.’

In a further statement, the governing body added: ‘The delay will be longer as the CCTV is not synced correctly and until this issue has been fixed we cannot run on track. The system is a local installation and they are continuing to work to resolve the problem. 

‘The clock will continue to run down on FP1 and the session won’t be extended as there must be two hours between the end of FP1 and FP2. We are looking at options to extend FP2.’ 

The first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix was halted after just four minutes of practice

The first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix was halted after just four minutes of practice 

The red flag was waved when the CCTV system broke down in front of 90,000 crowd

The red flag was waved when the CCTV system broke down in front of 90,000 crowd

At 14.20 local time, 10 minutes before the scheduled end of the session, it was announced that the session would not be resumed. Nobody had managed more than three laps, putting a massive dent in teams’ preparations.

The second session was extended by 30 minutes and brought forward from a 17.00 start to 16.30.

The suspension was criticised by former driver Karen Chandhok, who said: ‘I would argue that there are races around the world where they haven’t got CCTV cameras and they rely on marshal posts to radio incidents in, and then you can use the TV cameras to look at it. I feel we need to get on track here.’