Qualifying under threat as thunderstorms forecast in Austria
Formula 1 teams have been warned thunderstorms and wet weather could curtail Saturday running at the Styrian Grand Prix.
In his Friday morning press briefing, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl confirmed teams had been notified of the 'risk' that Saturday running could be cancelled.
“There are several aspects to figure in today in the run plan," said Seidl.
"As mentioned before, the weather plays an important role, and we’ve got information already from the race director [Michael Masi] giving a pre-warning that there is a risk that no session will happen tomorrow because of thunderstorms or heavy rain."
Should practice three and qualifying be cancelled, teams have been presented with two potential scenarios that could decide the starting order for the second race of the season.
Seidl continued: “It is still open if that would happen, if there is qualifying on Sunday morning or, worst case if that is not possible because the weather could still be bad, then free practice two would count as a qualifying result.
“That is something we need to monitor today and need to figure out how we want to handle that.”
Qualifying was most recently cancelled at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix as a result of Typhoon Hagibis, with the session run ahead of the race on Sunday morning.
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.