F1 preparing for potential Saturday washout

Date published: July 10 2020

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Forecasted heavy rain and thunderstorms could see a revised schedule being implemented at the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend.

Dry and warm conditions greeted the teams and drivers for round two at the Red Bull Ring on Friday but Saturday looks set to be a very different story.

A level 1 thunderstorm is heading towards the Styrian hills and that could lead to final practice and qualifying being completely washed out on Saturday.

A dry, cooler day is in store for Sunday, so precautions are being made if the wet stuff does indeed ruin Saturday’s events.

Sky Sports F1 report Rachel Brookes said: “With torrential rain forecast for tomorrow here in Austria, F1 has revealed that the grid could be set by FP2 times.”

Meanwhile, McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl has said that qualifying could be moved to Sunday morning instead.

“We have gathered info from the race director already giving a kind of pre-warning that there is a risk no session is happening tomorrow because of thunderstorms or heavy rain,” Seidl said, as quoted by Motorsport Week.

The last time that the weather affected the Formula 1 running order was back at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix when a typhoon hit the Suzuka circuit.

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