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F1 bosses need to put something away for rainy day, warns Hamilton

 

By Staff Reporter

Lewis Hamilton has led the calls for Formula One to undergo radical changes to its schedule after practice for the Chinese Grand Prix was rendered a miserable washout yesterday.

The world's fastest drivers completed only a smattering of laps in Shanghai after the medical helicopter was unable to land at the designated hospital - 21 miles from the track - due to the foggy conditions.

The helicopter must be available to fly under Formula One's safety guidelines, but its grounding meant that the Shanghai International Circuit was effectively open for a paltry 15 minutes.

Rain is still on the radar for tomorrow and the unprecedented idea of moving the race forward by a day was tabled by team bosses.

But following discussions with new owners Liberty Media last night, the decision was taken to stick with the schedule.

Triple world champion Hamilton provided the action yesterday as he mingled with his army of supporters.

"We must find a solution to deal with the weather issue," he said.

"This could actually be a blessing in disguise and a chance for the new bosses to be pro-active and creative."

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