Why F1 races can't be moved from Sunday

Why F1 races can't be moved from Sunday

The Chinese Grand Prix's flirtation with cancellation highlighted Formula 1's inflexibility when it comes to shifting its race times. But to blame that on the powers that be would be unfair

"If Bernie is watching right now I bet he's chuckling up his sleeve, particularly if Sunday's race is cancelled..."

That was just one comment overheard in Shanghai's media centre as journalists stared at empty screens for well nigh three hours on Friday after FP1 was heavily disrupted and FP2 was aborted due to low level cloud and haze that made casualty evacuation by helicopter not only extremely dangerous, but, in terms of Chinese aviation law, illegal.

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