Qualifying for the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix will be “
” on Saturday afternoon weather permitting, as the Sochi circuit has been under water since the night, said the clerk of the course. "
According to forecasts, the rain should continue at this level until 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. local (12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. French / 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. GMT) before decreasing in the afternoon,
" said Michael Masi in the morning, under an intense thunderstorm. "
Our objective is to be ready from an operational point of view to start all the sessions (in F1 but also in F2 and F3, editor's note) and to judge according to the conditions of the moment
", he continued, adding that "
priority will be given to F1 qualifying this afternoon
Nightfall, around 6.15 pm, will also be a constraint, especially since "
in such weather conditions, the brightness decreases much earlier,
" Masi recalled.
It will be our limit.
If the qualifications cannot be held today, (...) they will take place on Sunday morning
It has already happened, especially during the Japanese GPs in 2004, 2010 and 2019 because of the passage of typhoons.
At the time when Michael Masi was speaking, the start of the first race of F2, initially scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 am (9:30 am / 7:30 am), was postponed without further details.
The first race of F3 was held late Friday afternoon, instead of Saturday morning.