The weather forecast was not wrong: as it was epected, rain poured down on the Red Bull Ring, in Spielberg, Austria, causing the F3 race to stop earlier. Track conditions are not the ideal and so, minutes before the green light, the start of the FP3 session of the Styrian Gran Prix has been indefinitely delayed from the race direction and race director Michael Masi.
If the rain continues, there are two scenarios available: the qualifying session might take place on Sunday morning, before the race, or the FP2 results will serve as the final grid for Sunday race. This last option will mix things a little bit: Max Verstappen would take pole, followed by Valtteri Bottas, while Lewis Hamilton was only able to score the sixth fastest time yesterday. Ferrari would be really in trouble: Charles Leclerc sits ninth, while Sebastian Vettel was only sixteenth.
After 40 minutes of waiting the race direction has decided to definitely cancel the Free Practice 3 session.
Let's see if the Qualifying session will happen, today or tomorrow morning, or if the FP2 classification will serve as the starting grid.
"The bad weather is slowing down the circuit. There's a chance we'll have the Qualy at the end of the day. If not, there's a plan for tomorrow. We do the Qualy in the morning and cancel the F2 and Porsche Supercup" said Ross Brown, Formula 1 managing director.