The heavy rain on the Red Bull Ring has caused the cancellation of the last free practice sessions of the Styrian GP and threatens the qualifying session, scheduled for 15:00. The forecasts with which Formula 1 works are not much more optimistic for the rest of Saturday, when more rain and cold are expected on the Austrian circuit, which hosts the second race of the 2020 World Cup.
Michael Masi, Formula 1 race director, confirmed that if qualification cannot take place, extraordinary measures should be taken, such as ordering the grid based on the times of the second free session on Friday.
Max Verstappen was fastest then, ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Racing Point and Carlos Sainz. Lewis Hamilton could only finish in sixth place.
The heavy rainfall this morning also forced the F3 race to be canceled when only 14 of the 24 laps scheduled had been completed. "The circuit is surrounded by mountains and that further complicates the forecasts," said Masi. "We work with Meteo France, the company that advises all the FIA teams and their meteorologists posted here, with whom we maintain direct contact," he added.
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