US GP qualifying postponed until Sunday

By on Saturday, October 24, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Qualifying for the United States Grand Prix will take place on Sunday morning after torrential rain affected the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday.

The start of the session was delayed repeatedly by half an hour before a decision was made at 16:00 local time that an attempt at running qualifying had been abandoned.

The rescheduled session will take place on Sunday at 09:00 local time, with the race set to begin at 14:00 local time.

Drivers and teams attempted to keep the fans entertained during the delay, with Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat dancing in the pit lane.

A few teams occupied themselves with football, while Sauber and Force India used storage parts to briefly sail along the pit lane.

Wet weather has affected the circuit throughout the weekend, with Texas suffering from being on the periphery of Hurricane Patricia.

Final practice was able to be completed on Saturday morning but conditions deteriorated across lunchtime and left large parts of the circuit submerged.

Rain is forecast to continue throughout the night, though conditions should improve on Sunday morning, with no wet weather anticipated during the afternoon.

The rescheduled qualifying session will leave teams with a short turnaround time before the end of Q3 and the start of the race.

However, it is not the first time qualifying has taken place on a Sunday morning, with the situation most recently occurring at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.

Sunday morning qualifying also took place in Japan in 2004 and 2010 due to inclement weather, as well as during the early stages of the 2005 campaign under modified regulations which were quickly abandoned.

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