FIA Race Director is not currently considering the possibility of a running the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday to avoid foreseen weather concerns after free practice was blighted by dense fog.

Only a limited amount of track action took place in FP1 around the Shanghai International Circuit after the medical helicopter was unable to operate due to thick fog at its landing destination at the designated hospital 38km away. For the same reason FP2 was never permitted to go to green flag conditions.

Worryingly for organisers, though conditions are set to improve on Saturday, they are expected to worsen again on Sunday raising the possibility of major disruption to the race. The hospital is also too far to be reached by road in emergency situations.

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As such, it is understood teams are keen to discuss the possibility of condensing the format into a race day on Saturday to avoid potentially foreseen problems. However, a spokesperson for the FIA denies this to be the case.

'The stories [sic] being run have been dismissed by the FIA F1 Race Director'

Only 17mins out of an available 180mins of track time was completed between the two sessions - in wet conditions. It is possible an extended FP3 session will be permitted to give teams some preparation in the run up to qualifying.

Drivers have entered qualifying with barely any track time in recent past after a combination of a diesel spill, wet weather and a crash allowing only minimal dry running during the three sessions for the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.

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