The second practice session ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix did not result in any track action. The weather conditions were such that the medical helicopter could not operate, leaving race director Charlie Whiting no choice but to cancel the session.
"At the moment the helicopter can't land at the hospital,” explained FIA race director Charlie Whiting during the delay. “It looks reasonable at the circuit but they can't land in downtown Shanghai. We get news from the airport every 10 minutes.”
"If it doesn't clear there will be no practice, we have a fixed end and if it does not clear by then there will be no P2."
On the back of a shortened first practice session, the weather situation had not improved and eventually saw a red flag situation during the entire 90 minutes of the session.