Heavy rain in Spielberg mixes Saturday in Formula 1 and could even make qualifying impossible. At noon, the race management decided to postpone the third free practice, which is planned for 12 noon, for an indefinite period. The rain had started in the morning and was getting heavier, the track was under water in many places, the race of the Formula 3 frame series had to be stopped.
Qualifying is initially scheduled for 3 p.m., however, the forecasts assume that the rain will continue. Race director Michael Masi had already outlined the various scenarios on Friday evening.
“There are many options. If the worst case occurs and qualifying cannot take place on Saturday, it could be rescheduled on Sunday morning,” said the Australian: “If third training and qualifying are canceled on Saturday and nothing is possible on Sunday morning, then we would have to take the times from the second free practice as a basis. ” However, Sunday should be warm and dry.Red Bull star Max Verstappen (Netherlands) won the second training session ahead of Valtteri Bottas (Finland) in the Mercedes and Sergio Perez (Mexico) in the Racing Point. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) in the already weak Ferrari had only finished 16th after his fastest lap had been canceled due to driving over the course limit.