Qualifying pushed back to Sunday morning

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Qualifying for the United States Grand Prix has been pushed back to Sunday morning, after weather conditions deteriorated further in the wake of Saturday’s final practice session at the Circuit of the Americas.

COTA has been hit by heavy rain and high winds since the early hours of Friday morning, with Austin and surrounding areas feeling the effects of Hurricane Patricia, which recently made landfall in Mexico.

Friday saw first practice take place amid persistent, wet conditions, before second practice was cancelled due to the lingering lightning threat, which prevented the medical helicopter from flying.

As predicted, weather conditions got worse overnight, with rain and wind levels intensifying, casting serious doubt over whether or not third practice and qualifying would be able to go ahead.

A relatively stable phase allowed drivers to get some laps on the board in FP3, but conditions took another turn for the worse after the session, with Porsche Supercup qualifying almost immediately red flagged.

FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting initially issued a 30-minute delay to Formula 1 qualifying, but after multiple setbacks, the decision was taken to push back the grid-deciding session until Sunday morning.

Drivers will now face a condensed schedule on race day, with qualifying set to take place at 09:00 local time, before the 56-lap encounter at 14:00, providing weather conditions improve sufficiently.

Qualifying last took place on a Sunday at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, also due to heavy rain.

Source: http://www.gpupdate.net/

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