Low fog at the Nurburgring prevented any cars getting onto track, which meant Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott both missed out on their first taste of an F1 weekend.
The pair – both Ferrari junior drivers – had been provided with seats in the session. Schumacher took Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo seat, sporting the #37 test number, while Ilott was placed in #50 Haas at the expense of Romain Grosjean.
But with about twenty minutes to go before the start of the session, fog descended back down to the circuit, meaning the medical helicopter wasn’t able to fly, and only got thicker as the session progressed.
That meant no drivers were allowed on track as if there was an accident – not improbable in the conditions – the casualty would be facing an hour’s drive to the nearest hospital.
In the Jules Bianchi accident the medical helicopter was unable to fly which left Bianchi with a 15km road trip to the hospital in Yokkaichi.
There were several announcements from race control pushing back the time for final decision on whether running would take place, with it starting off that the, then an announcement a third into the session that they’d wait another half hour.
However, the midday announcement (local time) said the pitlane wouldn’t be opened for the session.