Styrian GP: Third F1 practice session cancelled due to torrential rain

The third practice session for Formula 1's inaugural Styrian Grand Prix was abandoned due to torrential rain at the Red Bull Ring

Styrian GP: Third F1 practice session cancelled due to torrential rain

After Saturday's Formula 3 race was called off just after half-distance due to the wet weather, F1's third practice session of the weekend was delayed indefinitely just before its scheduled start time of 12pm local time.

But as conditions did not improve during the allotted one-hour session for FP3, it was called off 40 minutes after it was supposed to begin.

An FIA bulletin announcing the news read: "After consultation and recommendation of the FIA Formula 1 safety delegate, the stewards decide that the Formula 1 free practice three will be cancelled due to the inclement weather and safety reasons in accordance with Art. 2.1.6.a and 11.9.3.m of the FIA International Sporting Code."

Qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 3pm local, but unless the rain eases off it is unlikely this session will be able to take place on Saturday - although F1 remains hopeful some running can take place.

But if no running is possible today, F1 has two choices - either alter its Sunday schedule due to more favourable conditions forecast for tomorrow and hold qualifying on Sunday morning, or set the grid by the order of Friday's FP2 session.

PLUS: Red Bull edges closer to Mercedes as rain threat clouds order

Should the latter option be taken, Red Bull's Max Verstappen would start on pole ahead of Austrian GP winner Valtteri Bottas and Racing Point pair Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.

Lewis Hamilton would start sixth after struggling with the handling of his Mercedes W11 during Friday afternoon's running, where it appeared as if Red Bull had made a step to close the gap to Mercedes at the head of the field.

But the option of holding qualifying on Sunday morning is F1's preferred choice, as the weather conditions are predicted to be dry.

Delaying qualifying to Sunday has been an option used in recent F1 history - with the grid-setting session taking place ahead of the race at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, when Typhoon Hagibis brought extreme weather to Suzuka, and the 2015 US Grand Prix at Austin, where FP3 took place as planned before qualifying was delayed several times.

It is understood that in order to fit in as much of the planned Styrian GP track action as possible - including the F1 support categories - the new Sunday schedule would not feature the Formula 2 sprint race and one of the Porsche Supercup races.

shares
comments
F1 bracing for qualifying delays as storm hits Red Bull Ring
Previous article

F1 bracing for qualifying delays as storm hits Red Bull Ring

Next article

Prison threat for UK and non-EU F1 personnel that break strict Hungarian GP restrictions

Prison threat for UK and non-EU F1 personnel that break strict Hungarian GP restrictions
Load comments
Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup Plus

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. Autosport breaks down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

Formula 1
Jan 21, 2022
Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems Plus

Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway. But instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2022
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Plus

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Plus

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Plus

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Plus

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021 Plus

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as STUART CODLING finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton Plus

The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls a remarkable champion

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022