The dark cloud of smoke from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano that is now shrouding most of north Europe forced thousands of flights to be cancelled.

An erupting volcano in Iceland has affected the world of formula one.

The dark cloud of smoke from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano that is now shrouding most of north Europe forced thousands of flights to be cancelled.

BBC pundit Eddie Jordan is one high profile regular stranded in Britain due to the airport strife, and it is believed that Williams did not run its new F-duct in first practice because the parts could not be flown to China from the UK.

It is believed that Virgin is missing some staff and last-minute parts.

The situation could also affect the F1 circus' return to Europe after Sunday's race.

"For several days you'll have crews and planes in the wrong places," said a British Airways spokesman. "It will take a few days to sort it out."

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