Sebastian Vettel should have decided to retire from Formula One rather than continue racing, according to three-time champion Jackie Stewart.

After Ferrari and Vettel opted against extending their agreement beyond this season, the 33-year-old agreed to take a seat with the Aston Martin works team from 2021.

The four-time champion has struggled to mount a serious title challenge since joining the Scuderia in 2015, winning just 14 races in an era dominated by Mercedes.

Vettel admitted prior to signing with Aston Martin that retirement was an option he was considering, and Stewart thinks leaving F1 would have been a good choice.

Stewart told Stats Perform News: "Sebastian Vettel's a very nice gentleman. He's had a wonderful career and I personally would love to see him retiring and do what I do.

"Go to some of the best events, get involved with some of the best multinational corporations. He’d be a great ambassador for the sport apart from anything else. But if he wants to continue racing it’ll be because he loves the sport."

Vettel has scored just 17 points in the truncated 2020 season, with Charles Leclerc claiming Ferrari's only two podiums of the campaign.

The Scuderia are sixth in the constructors' standings and Stewart hopes their woes this year are not a sign of a long-term decline.

"Ferrari is one of the great brands that has ever lived. For whatever reason, this year has been a disaster for them. I hope and pray that next year we can see Ferrari as they really should be," he added.

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 91 F1 wins at the Nurburgring last time out and could surpass him at the Portuguese Grand Prix next weekend.

Hamilton appears on course to match Schumacher's seven drivers' titles, but Stewart feels it is impossible to determine whether the Briton is the greatest driver of all time.

"It's a fantastic achievement to win as many races as he has. He's driving definitely the best car on the track," said Stewart.

"Nevertheless, he's driven extremely well but it's very difficult to say he was the greatest driver of all time. Was [Juan Manuel] Fangio better than Michael Schumacher? You don't know that. Was Arnold Palmer better than Gary Player? Or much more importantly was he better than all of the current golfers?

"But Lewis has driven extremely well and deserves the success that he has."

Vietnam Grand Prix officials have given up on hopes of staging their inaugural Formula One race in 2020, describing their decision as "extremely difficult but necessary".

Originally due to take place in April as the third event on the calendar, it was one of a host of races to be postponed as the COVID-19 crisis escalated.

There had been a possibility it could be rescheduled towards the back end of the season; however, talks have led to the conclusion that it cannot now take place.

A statement on the official race website said: "After numerous discussions among the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile [FIA], Formula One World Championship Ltd, the Hanoi People's Committee, and the Vietnamese Motorsports Association [VMA], the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation [VGPC] regrets to announce that the 2020 Formula One Vietnamese Grand Prix will be cancelled.

"This has been an extremely difficult but necessary decision to reach in view of the continued uncertainty caused by the global coronavirus pandemic."

The 2020 season has seen the race programme trimmed from 22 to 17 races, with Australia and the United States among the countries to lose its races, while the flagship Monaco Grand Prix was also cancelled.

VGPC chief executive Le Ngoc Chi said: "We are unable to welcome the most exciting and prestigious motorsport series on the planet to Vietnam in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This was a very difficult decision for all of us to make but ultimately it was the only solution after carefully reviewing all safety criteria as well as the efficiency under current conditions."

Lewis Hamilton's father expressed his sadness that Michael Schumacher could not be at the Eifel Grand Prix to see his son equal his record tally of Formula One victories.

Mercedes driver Hamilton took the chequered flag for the 91st time at the Nurburgring on Sunday to draw level with the legendary Schumacher.

There was a touching moment when the German great's son, Mick, presented the six-time F1 world champion with one of his father's helmets after his record-equalling win.

Hamilton's father, Anthony, spoke of his pride over his son's achievements, but revealed his sadness that Michael Schumacher could not be present due to the serious injuries he suffered in a skiing accident in 2013.

He told Sky Sports News: "While it was an exciting day and certainly an honour to receive that from Mick Schumacher, it's also tinged with a bit of sadness because Michael's not here."

Championship leader Hamilton was taken aback by the gesture from Formula 2 driver Mick Schumacher, who was denied an F1 practice drive on Friday due to bad weather.

"Wow, I'm really, really honoured man. Thank you so much, I really appreciate that thank you," said the Briton.

"I don't even know what to say. I mean, when you grow up watching someone, you genuinely idolise them in terms of the quality of the driver they are and what they're able to continuously do, year on year and race on race, week on week with their team.

"I remember playing as Michael on the game, Grand Prix 2 I think it was.

"Seeing his dominance for so long, I don't think anyone – and especially me – could imagine that I'd be anywhere near Michael in terms of records. It's an incredible honour."

Hamilton needs one more world championship win to equal Schumacher's haul of seven.

Daniel Ricciardo outlined his tattoo plans for Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul after winning a bet by finishing third at the Eifel Grand Prix. 

The Australian clinched the team's first podium place since they returned to Formula One in 2016, coming home behind race winner Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Max Verstappen. 

Abiteboul and Ricciardo had a long-standing wager that the former would get inked with a tattoo of his driver's choosing should he end up on the podium. 

And Ricciardo was only too happy to be reminded about that after delivering. 

"It's real, it's real. It's going to happen," he said. 

"We'll have to do some thinking now. [The tattoo will be] probably something to do with me, but I think with a German flavour. 

"This is obviously the place we did it, so a little tip of the hat to something traditional in Germany as well."

Abiteboul seemed willing to keep up his end of the bargain too. 

"It was a long time ago, so I will have to negotiate about that," he said during F1's post-race coverage.  

"I think he gets to choose a design, I get to choose the size, which I think is what matters in this case!" 

Asked about the tattoo's placement, Abiteboul added: "I don't know, we'll talk about it, we'll see. We'll take a bit of time to negotiate." 

Ricciardo, who will join McLaren next season after two years with Renault, last enjoyed a podium finish when he won the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix, and he was overjoyed to be back among a leading trio. 

"It's been a while," he noted. "To be honest, it feels like the first podium all over again. 

"I think it's been two and a half years and the feeling is really nice. It's fresh. Wow. 

"Just so happy, obviously, to see everyone as well. We've all waited a long time for this, so I think everyone is going to soak it up."

Lewis Hamilton was "honoured" to receive one of Michael Schumacher's helmets after equalling his record for the most Formula One grand prix wins.

The Mercedes driver claimed the 91st victory of his career - a total that brought him level with seven-time world champion Schumacher - as he triumphed at the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday.

It was the first F1 race since 2013 at Nurburgring in Schumacher's home country, and the Ferrari great's son was on hand to mark Hamilton's landmark victory.

Mick Schumacher - who was due to take part in his first F1 practice on Friday, only for the poor weather conditions to deny him the chance - handed Hamilton one of his father's iconic red helmets from the 2012 season as the Briton spoke on stage following his win.

"I'm honoured," Hamilton told the younger Schumacher. "This is such an honour; I really appreciate it."

Asked what it meant to him to receive the gift, Hamilton added: "I don't even know what to say.

"When you grow up, watching someone and you genuinely idolise them, just in terms of the quality of the driver they are, what they are able to continuously do year on year, race on race, week on week with their team...

"I remember playing as Michael on a game called Grand Prix 2. Seeing his dominance for so long, I didn't think anyone, especially me, would be anywhere near Michael in terms of records, so it's an incredible honour. It's going to take some time to get used to.

"As I came into the pitlane, that's only when I realised that I'd equalled that. I hadn't even computed it once [until] I crossed the line.

"I couldn't have done it without this incredible team, everyone continuing to push behind me and giving their everything."

It was the other Mercedes who started the race on pole and even after Hamilton claimed the lead from Valtteri Bottas on the first corner, the Finn fought back and nipped ahead again at the next turn.

However, relentless pressure from the championship leader forced Bottas into an error on lap 12 as he locked up.

Mechanical issues forced Bottas to retire not long after and Hamilton was able to emerge victorious ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo to extend his lead in the title race to 69 points.

"I had a good start, got up alongside Valtteri and we both understeered into this corner, so I tried to give as much room as possible," Hamilton added.

"He was in my blind spot so I didn't know where he was. I moved wide to the outside, he came back, he did an amazing job. I remember coming out of that corner thinking, 'Good on you, man, I'm impressed. That was good.'

"After that I just had to make sure that I tried to hang on to him for as long as possible and I managed to look after my tyres really well. I could see he was graining his front tyres, so I knew the next couple of laps were the time for me to push, then he had the lock up.

"It was not an easy race at all. The Red Bulls are so fast. Max drove extremely well. The one chance he had was at the restart, but I managed to pull away. You could see their pace at the end, we've got a serious fight on our hands."

Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher's record for the most Formula One race wins by triumphing at the Eifel Grand Prix.

The six-time world champion took advantage of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas' early error to seize the lead and then held off Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the Nurburgring.

Bottas, who started on pole, had a rotten day in Germany, retiring on lap 19 because of a mechanical failure, with Renault's Daniel Ricciardo finishing third.

Hamilton was able to increase his lead in the standings due to Bottas' retirement, the Briton now 69 points clear with six races to go as he closes on equalling Schumacher's record drivers' championships tally of seven.

Bottas was bidding to win back-to-back races for the first time in his career but a sluggish start off the grid opened the door to Hamilton in Turn One.

However, the Finn, racing in his 150th grand prix, battled back at Turn Two to regain the lead and show the kind of fighting spirit some have accused him of lacking.

Hamilton was back ahead at the start of lap 12, though, Bottas locking up at Turn One with an error that required him to pit and drop further back.

The introduction of the virtual safety car - brought out after Kimi Raikkonen clipped George Williams on his record 324th start - resulted in both Hamilton and Verstappen pitting to further deject Bottas, whose race was run not long after.

Hamilton was cruising to victory but when McLaren's Lando Norris abandoned the race, having also battled issues with his car for much of the afternoon, another safety car was deployed to give some hope to the chasing pack.

Verstappen very nearly smashed into the back of the race leader on the restart with 10 laps to go, but Hamilton duly delivered a lap record of 1:28.487 on 52 of 60 en route to a slice of history.

In his 150th Formula One grand prix, Valtteri Bottas has the chance to win back-to-back races for the first time and simultaneously deny Lewis Hamilton a history-making victory.

The Eifel Grand Prix – which sees the Nurburgring return to the calendar for the first time since 2013 – will have Bottas starting at the front after he ended Hamilton's run of five straight pole positions.

Hamilton will be attempting to equal Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 91 race wins, which he was unable to do in Russia last time out when Bottas emerged triumphant.

Max Verstappen, who was second in Sochi, could also be in the hunt on Sunday after running the two Mercedes cars close in qualifying, while Charles Leclerc is bidding to inject some life into Ferrari from the second row.

WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING

A three-way battle between Bottas, Hamilton and Verstappen looked to be going the way of the Red Bull driver as he led after the first runs of Q3, although there was under one tenth of a second between the trio.
Bottas ultimately produced a stunning lap to finish an impressive 0.256 seconds clear of Hamilton, who just edged out a game Verstappen by 0.037s.
Leclerc gave Ferrari a lift with a superb fourth place ahead of Alex Albon, equalling the Scuderia's best 2020 grid slot, having earlier eliminated team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who will start 11th, from Q2.
Multiple drivers discussed how difficult the cold conditions were, particularly as they did not have much running at the circuit after Friday's practice running was called off due to poor weather.

 


THE STARTING GRID 

1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
5. Alex Albon (Red Bull), 6. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
7. Esteban Ocon (Renault), 8. Lando Norris (McLaren)
9. Sergio Perez (Racing Point), 10. Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
11. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 12. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
13. Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri), 14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 
15. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 16. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
17. George Russell (Williams), 18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
19. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 20. Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point)


EIFEL GRAND PRIX TALKING POINTS

Bottas has the chance to win two consecutive F1 races, something he has never done before. As well as denying Hamilton the chance to equal Schumacher, such a result would further reduce the deficit in the drivers' championship, which stands at 44 points.

Verstappen said after an impressive qualifying that Red Bull were continuing to close the gap on Mercedes and will hope unusual conditions – a race in Germany in October – or the front two battling among themselves could play into his favour.

Leclerc continues to get the most out of his sluggish Ferrari as the Italian team look to end a six-race run without a podium, their worst form since 2014 when they went eight without having a driver in the top three.

The pressure is on Albon once more – he starts fifth and has been out-qualified by Verstappen at every race in 2020.

The back row is more interesting than normal as Raikkonen (19th) is set to start for the 324th time in F1, beating the previous benchmark set by Rubens Barrichello, while Hulkenberg (20th) is standing in for Racing Point once more as a last-minute replacement for the unwell Lance Stroll. He previously replaced Perez for two events this year after the Mexican tested positive for coronavirus.


WHAT THE DRIVERS SAID

Valtteri Bottas (pole): "It is going to be a new day on Sunday, so I just need to focus on the small details that are going to matter and the first of those is going to be the race start. I can't enjoy the pole too much because Sunday is the day that really matters. Obviously being on pole is a good achievement but I can't say it is a turning point yet."

Lewis Hamilton (2nd): "I'm not really sure [where my pace dropped off], the grip didn't feel the same in Q3. I need to go back and have a look. I'm just trying to understand what happened. It is a long race. We will see with the weather – it is a lot cooler here, not the easiest place to overtake either, but there could be lots of opportunities, so I will be pushing hard."

Max Verstappen (3rd): "We brought a few upgrades so the car is working a bit better. Of course with only having run [on Saturday] there are still a lot of things to go through and analyse and optimise as well because of the understeer I had in the car [in Q3]. But it is definitely a good step forward so we are on the right way, I just hope we can keep heading in that direction and keep improving."

Charles Leclerc (4th): "I'm very happy. Quite surprised, to be honest, with the performance we've had this morning and this afternoon, especially in those conditions, as we were expecting to struggle in cold conditions and instead we are performing quite well. I really hope to bring a good result home – it is going to be a tricky race we have not done any high-fuel running yet, but I will try to make the best out of it."

Daniel Ricciardo (6th): "Solid one from the team again, sixth and seventh. This is a maximum downforce circuit, more like Barcelona, where we have struggled more, so it confirms the progress the team has made. Sixth is alright. We can have a good one from there and obviously Charles and Alex in front, they could be in our race."

Nico Hulkenberg (20th): "It was even wilder and crazier than last time. I was in Cologne which is an hour from here. I was due to come this afternoon anyway to do some TV stuff. I was sat with a friend having a coffee at 11am when I see that Otmar [Szafnauer, Racing Point team principal] rings me and says, 'Hulkenberg, hurry we need you here!'"

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 205
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 161
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 128
4. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 65
5. Alex Albon (Red Bull) - 64

Constructors

1. Mercedes – 366
2. Red Bull – 192
3. McLaren – 106
4. Racing Point – 104 (after 15-point deduction)
5. Renault – 99

Max Verstappen believes his qualifying performance for the Eifel Grand Prix was further evidence Red Bull are closing the gap to Mercedes in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas took pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton, with Verstappen narrowly behind those two in third after showing impressive pace throughout qualifying.

After putting Mercedes' record of taking every 2020 pole under serious threat, finishing just 0.292 seconds behind Bottas and an agonising 0.037s adrift of Hamilton, the Dutchman was in an optimistic mood.

Indeed, he had felt the Red Bull could have gone even better had he not lost grip at the end of Q3.

"It was an interesting qualifying," he said. "Overall, I think we are getting closer towards Mercedes, which is very positive.

"It was a decent qualifying – it was just in Q3 when it really mattered we were understeering too much.

"When it's so cold and you're understeering so much, you're graining the front tyres, eating up the rubber, which cost me a bit of lap time.

"In a way, I am a little bit disappointed as I was expecting a little bit more [in qualifying] but it is what it is and overall I can still be happy."

On whether he also expected to challenge Mercedes in the race, when Red Bull are typically stronger, Verstappen added: "I hope so.

"It's going to be even colder on Sunday, so it will be even more interesting as to what the tyres are going to do and how they are going to behave, so let's see.

"The track is fun to drive. Just looking forward to it and seeing what we can do."

Hamilton was on pole the last time there was an F1 race at the Nurburgring in 2013 and acknowledged unknowns for Sunday, particularly after bad weather meant there was no practice running at all on Friday.

Bottas won in Russia last time out, so this will be British driver Hamilton's second attempt to equal Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 91 race wins.

Asked what could make the difference, Hamilton said: "It's the graining, how the tyres behave, whether it's a one-stop or two-stop race, how long the tyres will go, the start, whether there is safety car... there is a lot to play for so I need to get my head down.

"Going behind a safety car in these conditions will be tough. It's an amazing circuit, one of the historic circuits we have, so definitely great to be back here.

"When I look at the data there will be plenty of time [I could have gained]. Valtteri is obviously two tenths ahead so he did a good job and congratulations to him."

Pole-sitter Bottas is looking to achieve back-to-back wins for the first time.

"It's such a nice feeling when you get it done the last lap, with the last chance," said Bottas. "The last lap in Q3 was spot on. Just what I needed and it was nice to get it together.

"It's been pretty tricky with short practice and these conditions getting the tyres in the sweet spot on the out lap, that was one of the bigger things.

"Of course I believe I can win. That's the only goal and hopefully we can have a good start."

Valtteri Bottas continued his momentum from winning in Russia last time out by claiming an impressive pole position for the Eifel Grand Prix.

A supreme lap of one minute and 25.269 seconds on Saturday saw Bottas finish 0.256 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who had claimed the previous five Formula One pole positions.

It was a thrilling qualifying battle between the two Mercedes cars and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, who led after the first runs of Q3 but ultimately had to settle for a close third.

Charles Leclerc was outstanding to take fourth for Ferrari ahead of Alex Albon and Daniel Ricciardo.

In the first grand prix to be held at the Nurburgring since 2013, Sebastian Vettel will start 11th on home soil after being eliminated at the end of Q2 by a charging Leclerc.

Lewis Hamilton is excited by the prospect of a "serious challenge" at the Eifel Grand Prix this weekend after Friday's practice sessions were cancelled.

Heavy rain and fog meant the medical helicopter was unable to take off at the Nurburgring and so the drivers will only have an hour at most for practice on Saturday.

Qualifying will follow later in the day before the race on Sunday, meaning little preparation time for the first race at the German circuit since 2013.

Championship leader Hamilton, who will once again attempt to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula One wins, concedes the situation is not ideal but the Mercedes driver is relishing the challenge.

"It's definitely a bit frustrating to miss out on days like this," the Brit said in quotes published by Sky Sports.

"We probably wouldn't have got a huge amount of running in really because we're limited on tyres, but I would have loved to done even an install lap. But everyone's in the same boat.

"But I'm definitely [excited], especially if it stays like this. Hopefully clearer skies but wet... it definitely makes it a serious challenge with less practice. So I look forward to that."

Hamilton leads the drivers' standings by 44 points from team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Mick Schumacher still feels like he gleaned a lot from his first experience of Formula One despite poor weather conditions denying him the chance to take part in practice for the Eifel Grand Prix.

The son of legendary seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher was due for a run-out in the Alfa Romeo at the Nurburgring on Friday after a fine season in Formula 2.

However, with heavy rain and thick fog meaning the medical helicopter could not take off, Schumacher was denied the chance to get behind the wheel of an F1 car on his home track.

Schumacher, whose father was a five-time winner at the track, was philosophical about the situation, though.

"Obviously I would have loved to be able to get out and drive," said Schumacher.

"Nevertheless, I think it's great to be here, to get the opportunity to speak with the team, go into the meetings and work with the mechanics, work with the engineers, and obviously also see the fans. I'm also very sorry for the fans who don't get to see us drive. In the end, safety comes first.

"[It's] very useful for me. I managed to get as much experience as I can from this weekend and that was really the focus for me.

"It would have been great to get some data for the team as well but again it was great for me to get the knowledge to see how the team works, to see the philosophy of an F1 team on a race weekend, so therefore I’m very happy."

Schumacher, linked with a promotion to F1 in 2021 with a Ferrari-backed team, is unsure if another chance to practice will arise this season.

"We don't know what the future holds but hopefully I'll get to drive a few laps again," he added.

No practice was possible at the Eifel Grand Prix on Friday as poor weather forced both sessions to be cancelled. 

Rain and fog meant it was unsafe for the medical helicopter to fly safely at the Nurburgring. 

Teams will now head into Saturday's qualifying session without important practice data as the circuit makes its return to the Formula One calendar for the first time in seven years. 

No drivers were able to get out onto the track as the difficult conditions persisted. 

It meant Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, was denied a chance of an outing in the Alfa Romeo. 

British driver Callum Ilott, another product of Ferrari's driver academy, was also unable to get a run-out for Haas.

No practice was possible at the Eifel Grand Prix on Friday as poor weather forced both sessions to be cancelled. 

Rain and fog meant it was unsafe for the medical helicopter to fly safely at the Nurburgring. 

Teams will now head into Saturday's qualifying session without important practice data as the circuit makes its return to the Formula One calendar for the first time in seven years. 

No drivers were able to get out onto the track as the difficult conditions persisted. 

It meant Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, was denied a chance of an outing in the Alfa Romeo. 

British driver Callum Ilott, another product of Ferrari's driver academy, was also unable to get a run-out for Haas.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is not worried about the commitment of Max Verstappen despite the uncertainty over the team's next engine partner. 

Verstappen has claimed four race wins during Red Bull's two-year partnership with Honda, but the Japanese manufacturer will be leaving Formula One after the 2021 season. 

Horner accepts there is an onus on Red Bull to make sure they provide a competitive car for Verstappen, who sits third in the 2020 driver standings behind Mercedes due Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. 

However, he is not afraid the 23-year-old will already be considering his long-term future. 

"Max is committed to the team and there's no clause in our contracts that relate to engines," he told Sky Sports. "He wants to be competitive, we want to be competitive, so our goals are the same. 

"He has a lot of belief in the team, as we do in him, so it's our responsibility to make sure we have a competitive engine from 2022 onwards." 

Speaking of Honda's decision to end their partnership, Horner said: "Of course, it's disappointing, I think it's disappointing for Formula One to lose a brand like Honda. 

"We're grateful for them letting us know in plenty of time, so we've still got a year and a half left within our relationship. 

"It poses some big questions for the future but we've really enjoyed working with Honda, the collaboration has been great so far and there's an assurance that they're going to push all the way to the end of the relationship next year."

Horner believes now is an appropriate time for the sport to explore radical changes in engine technologies, aimed at levelling the playing field, keeping younger fans engaged and also aligning Formula One more closely with the global fight against the climate crisis. 

"It's a tough world at the moment; many things are changing," he said. "They [Honda] have made their reasoning clear: that their automotive investment and business is going in a different direction to that of Formula One and it poses some questions for Formula One to consider about future engine technologies. 

"It's brought into the spotlight what is the future of Formula One engines and should we even consider bringing a new technology forward from the 2026 introduction date. 

"If you look at the complexity of these engines, no manufacturer would come into Formula One under the current rules. I think we have to reduce significantly the cost, we have to reduce the variability between the engines. 

"Formula One has decisions to make about what is the future. We have an electric series in Formula E; we have bio fuels to consider and look at and the introduction of some of that is due in 2022. But do we look at something totally different for 2026 or ideally bring that forward to 2025? 

"You could consider hydrogen, other technologies. Or should Formula One just be entertainment and it be high-revving engines with an element of technology to them? There are some fundamental questions to be considered. 

"Whenever you hear a V-8, a V-10, a V-12 run, it's so emotive. We have to be careful that Formula One doesn't become a dinosaur, though, that our children still fall in love with the sport and it does have a relevance. It's a big question for Formula One. 

"The purist in me, the fan in me would love to go back to high-revving engines, but I think we also have a responsibility and an element of relevance. These engines currently don't have a great deal of road relevance. Yes, they're a hybrid, but there's not a lot of crossover into the car market at the moment, and that for a car company like Honda is very difficult."

Mick Schumacher was denied a chance to show that Formula One prowess may run in the family as thick fog and heavy rain caused Friday's morning practice for the Eifel Grand Prix to be called off.

The son of seven-time champion driver Michael Schumacher had been due for a run-out in the Alfa Romeo at the Nurburgring, his reward for an impressive season in Formula 2.

British driver Callum Ilott was also due to take part in the first free practice session, driving for Haas, but his hopes were similarly scuppered.

Both have come up through the Ferrari Driver Academy and may soon be pushing for drives in F1 – with Schumacher first and Ilott sitting second in the F2 standings.

Yet the chance to demonstrate their potential was hit by the weather in western Germany, with the medical helicopter unable to take off because of the conditions, ruling out the prospect of cars taking to the track.

Race director Michael Masi told the official F1 website: "It is a bit challenging, obviously, with the fog that's come in, the medical helicopter is not able to take off and fly to the hospital.

"The distance by road is far too far should something occur."

Race officials were hopeful that afternoon practice would go ahead, but Schumacher and Ilott were only inked in for the first session.

Masi said: "Obviously the region that we're in is probably not dissimilar to Austria, earlier in the year where we had a similar situation. It's just the nature of the area and the location, and the fog's come in, it's sort of been going up slightly then coming down more dramatically.

"We'll just judge at the time and from an FIA perspective the safety of all the participants, particularly of the drivers coming out, is paramount and that's not something we will compromise."

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