US GP: FIA delays start of qualifying

The FIA has decided to delay the start of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix due to bad weather conditions.

Despite being able to run final free practice on time on Saturday morning, an increase in rain has meant that there was no chance to start qualifying at its original 1pm slot.

An announcement from the governing body just more than 20 minutes before qualifying started said that it would be delayed by 30 minutes.

That means it is currently scheduled for 1.30pm local time, although further delays cannot be ruled out.

It is hoped that a break in the storm front that has delivered rain to the Austin region will allow the session to go ahead.

Should the weather not improve, and qualifying not take part before light conditions worsen, then it is possible the session could be run on Sunday morning.

Update

With weather conditions failing to improve, the start of qualifying was pushed back to 2pm local time, before then being delayed to 2.30pm and subsequently to 3pm.

Two hours after the original scheduled start, the session was pushed back for a fifth time - to 3.30pm.

With that time approaching and conditions remaining dire, the FIA confirmed that, if there is no improvement by 4pm, qualifying will be pushed back until Sunday 9am.

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Series Formula 1
Event United States GP
Track Circuit of the Americas
Article type Breaking news