The first practice session for the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix turned into a disaster when Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari struck a manhole cover just eight minutes in, forcing the session to be ended early. The drivers were already struggling with the cool conditions that made grip low, and not much had been learned by the teams. Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc was on top of the time sheet, but it was a frustrating day overall as the drivers attempted to learn the new track on the F1 calendar. FP2 was delayed as the local engineering team had to check all the valve covers, and the F1 tweeted that FP2 was expected to start at 2.30am local time in Las Vegas, subject to the completion of the necessary checks.
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