Wet weather hits F1 qualifying day in China
Formula 1's qualifying day for the Chinese Grand Prix is set to be overshadowed by poor weather, after expected storms hit the Shanghai track on Saturday morning.
Weather forecasts in the build-up to the weekend had suggested a weather front would blow through today – and the storms duly arrived.
Track conditions are not likely to be bad enough to prevent running totally, but they could well throw up some extra challenges for teams as F1 reverts to its old qualifying system for the first time this season.
Although the FIA allowed final practice to begin as scheduled at midday local time, no drivers took to the track in the early minutes with lots of standing water around the circuit.
After the red flag interruptions on a dry Friday, the poor weather on Saturday will also mean that those drivers who had limited running in the first practice sessions will not be able to make up for lost time today.
Felipe Massa, who suffered two tyre wheel rim failures on Friday, said everything was up in the air again.
“I think maybe we can have a completely different day, as nobody drove yet in the rain,” he said. “So we need to be ready for everything.
“We can have also a lot of different sessions in terms of wet or dry so we need to be ready for everything. Normally when these things happens, so many things can happen in the race.”
If qualifying is wet then it could have an impact on tyre choices for the race – as drivers will not be forced to start on the same super soft compounds with which they set their best qualifying time in Q2.
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