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US GP qualifying could be pushed to Sunday morning



US GP qualifying could be pushed to Sunday morning

US GP qualifying could be pushed to Sunday morningUS GP qualifying could be pushed to Sunday morning

United States Grand Prix Qualifying could be pushed to Sunday morning due to dangerous weather smashing Austin, sources have confirmed.

Torrential rain and lighting forced race officials to cancel the afternoon practice session when it was determined the medical helicopter at the Circuit of the Americas would not be able to fly in the poor conditions.

“It’s pretty greasy,” Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo radioed to his team. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas slid as he tried to stop at his garage, causing a crew member to leap out of the way.

The worst of the weather is expected on Saturday, with 30cm of rain forecasted to fall. The bad weather is predicted to ease by the scheduled afternoon start of Sunday’s race.

The F1 veteran journalist Adam cooper wrote in his blog that – “The problem with bringing FP3 forward from its current 1000 start to 0900 is that it would eat into the time the teams have after the end of the overnight curfew, and some may not have enough time to complete their usual workloads.”

“However even if FP3 does not move it would be possible to shorten the lunch break and run qualifying an hour earlier, moving it from 1300 to 1200.”

“If there is no qualifying at all – even on Sunday morning – then the grid will probably be based on FP3, as the rules state that if drivers don’t set qualifying times then FP3 is taken into account.”

Cooper added – “If there is no more track running at all prior to the race then the Stewards have options. They could use championship positions or FP1 to set a grid.”

Race officials expected to keep a close watch on the weather radar.

“The one thing we know about meteorologists is that they’re always wrong,” Jason Dial, president and chief executive of the Circuit of the Americas.

The last time Saturday re-scheduled happened was at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix as Q2 and Q3 were completed on Sunday morning. The last time a full qualifying session took place on a Sunday was during the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.


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