F1 » Heavy rain forces qualifying postponement

Persistent heavy rain showers in Melbourne have forced the postponement of the second and third sessions of qualifying for the Australian GP to Sunday morning.

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Frank (NL) - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 8:32 AM

The stewards again prove that they are perfectly capable of ruining an event.
Rain was not heavy by a long shot, debris was gone, drivers were ready. Unfornately for us fans, there were also the moro ns of the stewards....

badpeople - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 8:46 AM

if youve heard most people who were at the circuit, it was a lot darker than it looked on tv.
instead, we get heaps of generic comments from people going, "blah i hate the stewards, drivers today suck, not even raining".
they had a good reason to postpone, clearly the major issue wasnt the water, although it obviously played a part.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 8:59 AM

F1 drowning itself in a glass of water yet again ! I can agree when there are extreme conditions but that wasn't the case. Cars that crash did so because it was the end of Q1, not because of aqua planing.

And starting so late is proving once again to be a major error source of many troubles and unfortunately it might be the same at Sepang again.


March 16, 2013 9:00 AM

Didn't I said that it wasn't the rain but the stewards bickering about it that was leading their schedule into the dark? Does this mean that F1 racing will in future not qualify and race in the rain or that all tracks will have to install floodlights?.
Hope that Commodore, Google, Enrico, DTN and all our friend out there didn't get soaked.


March 16, 2013 9:29 AM

There was standing water on the track that I could see from my position. All drivers interviewed supported the postponement due to standing water. It is not the strength of the rain but the drainage that determines how safe a track is. Albert Park is a public road, its drainage is not as good as purpose built tracks and it has far less runoff on many corners. It is not just the aquaplaning of the tyres that are of concern but also the flat floorpans of the cars skimming across standing water. Believe it or not, the stewards and the driver representatives actually know more about safety and car racing than you guys ever will. I hope that hasn't dented your little egos too much. P.S. We had also just had ten days in a row where the air temp was above 32 degrees Celsius and the track surface over 60 degrees. Like any public road in the world, the grip levels of the surface are compromised for the first couple of days of rain after a long hot spell. The rain had the effect of making the tr

numiiii - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 9:40 AM

surely ruined our day as the fans . yeah, perhaps the stewards , of course, wanna see good battle in quali and so are we. but hey, what about another rain tomorrow , are they gonna postponning race til monday? so that wet tyres seem useless then.

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