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Brown calls for contingency plan for fans after China practice mess

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Zak Brown believes there should be a plan in place to aid the fans when sessions get cancelled after admitting to feeling ‘terrible’ after the second session at the Shanghai International Circuit was postponed on Friday.

The first practice in China was also heavily affected as the medical helicopter was unable to land in downtown Shanghai due to inclement weather, but McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team boss Brown believes Formula 1 let down its fans with no track action and very little crowd interaction from the drivers.

Brown feels more should be done to entertain the fans when track action stops, and believes the sport should look into making the paddock more accessible in such situations.

“Not good at all – terrible,” said Brown of the lack of running on Friday. “We need a plan of when this happens – a contingency. Should we be opening up the paddock and letting the fans in?

“At the end of the day, everyone is expecting a show. At the same time, is there a different way to get the rescue situation sorted?

“It’s our collective responsibility to take care of the fans. If this happens again – because it will – what can we do to entertain the fans more? That’s the best we can do. We can’t change the weather.”

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