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Styrian GP FP3 cancelled, qualifying in doubt

Jul 11 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Formula 1 has called off Saturday morning’s third practice session for the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring due to heavy rain.

Disruptions to planned track action were fully anticipated due to unfavourable weather forecast, with F1 teams warned that both final practice and qualifying were under serious threat of not taking place as planned.

Rain hit the track in the lead-up to the morning’s opening Formula 3 race, and intensified during the course of the contest.

The race ran with several interruptions and was finally suspended with a red flag on lap 15 of 24, as low visibility and treacherous track conditions contributed to a number of incidents.

Prema driver Frederik Vesti was, the reigning Formula Regional European champion, was declared the winner.

Red Bull Ring F3 rain 2020

And with weather conditions failing to improve over the subsequent three quarters of an hour, F1 made the decision to delay the start of FP3, before cancelling the session outright 40 minutes into the scheduled runtime.

There is little optimism in F1 circles that further running will be possible on Saturday.

Should F1 prove unable to fit in qualifying today, there are contingency plans, as outlined by race director Michael Masi.

F1 would first look to fit in a pole shootout on Sunday morning, as it had done last year at Suzuka amid the impact of typhoon Hagibis.

As a last resort, without FP3 or qualifying the grid will be formed on the basis of the results of the second free practice.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ championship leader Valtteri Bottas would therefore make up the front row, while reigning champion Lewis Hamilton would start only sixth and Sebastian Vettel 16th.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m03.66s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m03.703s +0.043s
3 Sergio Pérez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m03.877s +0.217s
4 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m04.241s +0.581s
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m04.333s +0.673s
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m04.348s +0.688s
7 Alex Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m04.437s +0.777s
8 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m04.541s +0.881s
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m04.706s +1.046s
10 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m04.746s +1.086s
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1m04.757s +1.097s
12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1m05.05s +1.39s
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m05.152s +1.492s
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m05.365s +1.705s
15 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m05.588s +1.928s
16 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m05.613s +1.953s
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m05.655s +1.995s
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m05.79s +2.13s
19 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m06.096s +2.436s
20 Daniel Ricciardo Renault
Lewis Hamilton Styrian GP paddock rain 2020

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