Horner and Brundle almost struck by flying umbrella as storm hits Canadian GP

A Sky Sports interview with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was interrupted by a large giant umbrella after the second practice session ahead of the F1 Canadian Grand Prix.

Presenter Simon Lazenby and pundit Martin Brundle were quizzing Horner about the FIA’s decision to intervene over the porpoising issue, which has affected a number of teams, and the cost cap, which Horner believes should be increased amid the global economic crisis. As they spoke, a heavy storm hit the track. All of a sudden, Lazenby came into shot behind Horner, appearing to take evasive action from a large umbrella which had been blown over just behind them.

Horner joked: “It looks like we’re under attack here” while Lazenby said: “We need an umbrella here, it’s about to get biblical.”

The weather closed in shortly after the culmination of the two practice sessions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, both headed by world champion Max Verstappen.

Heading to Montreal, the talk of the paddock has surrounded porpoising and the governing body’s announcement that they were going to strictly monitor the issue and potentially order teams to alter the set-up of their cars to protect the drivers from injury.

Verstappen has had less trouble than others on the grid and his time of one minute 14.127 seconds saw him top the time sheets at the end of second practice. Lewis Hamilton struggled with a bad back last weekend and said his car was “undriveable” towards the end of the second hour, which the Mercedes man finished down in 13th. The Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were second and third fastest.

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Former world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso were next up with Pierre Gasly sixth and Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell seventh. The McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, followed by Esteban Ocon, rounded out the top 10.

A groundhog survived a risky run across the track towards the end of the first session while a stray can meant a virtual safety car was required in the second hour.

Verstappen had gone quickest in the early running and will take some beating heading into qualifying on Saturday, which could be run in the wet with more inclement weather forecast.

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