Formula 1’s Saturday programme appears to be in serious doubt after the F3 race was red-flagged due to the extreme weather conditions at the Red Bull Ring.
The first of the two F3 races this weekend had to be halted on lap 15 as heavy rain lashed the circuit, resulting in a number of incidents.
In preparation for such an eventuality, F1 officials informed teams that practice two from Friday could potentially decide the grid for Sunday’s race if it was not possible to reschedule qualifying for Sunday morning.
Explaining the options available to the FIA, race director Michael Masi, speaking on Friday, said: “If a worst-case scenario was to come about, we’ve already had a look, and qualifying could take place on Sunday morning. So that’s a great option there.
F1 Styrian Grand Prix Live Streaming on on Disney+ Hotstar VIP this month: All you want to know about the schedule and live race timings.
|Friday, 10th July 2020||First Practice Session – Austria||2.30 PM|
|Second Practice Session – Austria||6.30 PM|
|Saturday, 11th July 2020||Third Practice Session – Austria||3.30 PM|
|Qualifying Race – Austria||6.30 PM|
|Sunday, 12th July 2020||Main Race – Austria (Pirelli)||6.40 PM|
Formula 1 Styrian GP Live : Ricciardo crashes, Verstappen on top in second practice
Earlier on Friday, Max Verstappen topped the times for Red Bull ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in Friday’s crash-hit second free practice ahead of this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix.
The Dutchman clocked a best lap time in one minute and 3.660 seconds to outpace the Finn, who won last Sunday’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on the same Red Bull Ring circuit, by 0.043 seconds.
Having won twice, in 2018 and 2019, on his team’s home track, Verstappen looked to have recovered his best form after an electrical failure forced him to retire last weekend.
Behind them, the ‘pink Mercedes’ cars of the Racing Point team were third and fourth with Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll respectively, the pair proving pre-season suggestions that they have a package to make them competitive this season.
Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz was fifth for McLaren ahead of an out-of-sorts six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes.
Alexander Albon was seventh in the second Red Bull ahead of Lando Norris, who picked up a three-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags in the morning, in the second McLaren, Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and Esteban Ocon of Renault.
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