F1 teams still stranded, but Ecclestone insists Spanish GP is on

Nic Cackett

Just in case the constantly changing weather conditions of the Chinese Grand Prix didn't produce enough excitement for the world's top motor racing teams, they now have the added uncertainty of just how to get themselves and their cars back to base thanks to the volcanic ash cloud which has grounded flights across Europe.

The Formula One teams all need time to service their cars before the Spanish Grand Prix in three weeks, but most are currently stranded in Shanghai. There seems to have been a lot of wartime, Dunkirk-esque spirit in the pit lane following the race, but questions were still being raised about whether the F1 circus would make it to Barcelona.

However, Bernie Ecclestone moved to quash that rumour this morning, insisting that the Spanish Grand Prix would go ahead as planned.