(LONDON (Dispatches) - Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon collided in first practice at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The two former team-mates came together at the Villeneuve chicane, causing the session to be stopped for a time.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said Perez had been on a flying lap and Ocon on a slow lap when they collided.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was fastest at the end of an incident-packed session.
Haas’ Nikita Mazepin crashed at the Rivazza corner as the chequered flag signalled the end of first practice.
The accident continued a torrid start to the Russian’s F1 career. Mazepin had a spin on his very first lap at the same corner at the start of the session, and spun four times at the opening race of the season in Bahrain three weeks ago before crashing out of the race on the first lap.
Canadian Grand Prix
Cancelled for Second Year
The Canadian Grand Prix scheduled for June 13 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal has been cancelled for the second year in a row, CBC Radio reported on Thursday although Formula One said discussions remained ongoing.
With the spread of new COVID-19 variants and Canada battling to contain a third wave of the virus, Montreal public health authorities concluded that even if run behind closed doors without spectators the risks were too high, reported the CBC.
F1 officials, according to the CBC, wanted to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine for the hundreds of staff, crew members and drivers and rely on private medical staff and have the entire operation run in a bubble.