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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Ah seng - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 10:20 AM

Let's hope that tomorrow had heavy thunderstorms whole day so that the race is postponed to Monday. Talk about safety or fans enjoyment more important.... I can tell you that fans enjoyment is not important.

If tomorrow heavy rain, they will start the race as late as possible and run few laps just to show they run the race.
They won't postpone to Monday cause f1 is business and they can't afford to make a lose for a single event even ifs once or twice in a year.

The worst for a fan is paying huge sums of money and only watch a 10 laps race..
And you don't get discount for subsequent year..


March 16, 2013 10:22 AM

@ Sunny

Drenched or I was..

Mate the weather was atrocious with standing water
and failing light after a perfect week of weather

There wasn't any decision to be made. It should have been done far earlier.

We competed 20 mins before F1 Qualifying and told F1 they were wasting there time and should reconsider but decided to go ahead and here we are now with this predicament.

Terminator - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 10:22 AM

Most people are blaming the stewards for this - but I think the design of the F1 cars is a chief reason.

Current F1 cars due to its low ride height have a high tendency to aquaplane by itself if hits standing water on the track, even with no mistake by the driver. With concrete walls around, that prospect is highly dangerous.

I really hope the 2014 designs can reduce aquaplaning.

Westy - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 10:34 AM

For me it was the right decision just means ill have to stay awake till midnight even tho I got up at half five lmao . Mercedes look fast this year.. Button didn't look to pleased when they called it off he was probably hoping for it to be wet with that dog of a mclaren ...go Lewis ..


March 16, 2013 10:48 AM

Commodore, you should have told the Albert Park administration to install drainage system up to F1 racing standards instead of advising them that they were wasting their time. What's the use of having wet tyres if they can't race in that sort of rain. Drivers that went off with some of them being luckier than others were using the same piece of tarmac as those that managed to stay on the road, giving them another chance would not have been fair with the once that managed to stay on the road. It's about time that the FIA made sure that all tracks are up to F1 standards including water drainage capabilities. We have seen qualifying and racing in much worse rain conditions than today. This thing is going to leave no or very little time for teams to finish qualifying and prepare the cars for the race.


March 16, 2013 11:22 AM

the stewards had to make a decision based on the safety of the drivers. f1 is about the racing, not about those of us who watch on tv. i have been in melbourne, and flash flooding is not unexpected.
whilst agreeing that cars use wet tyres and should be able to race in those conditions, it becomes a lottery, not a race.
the stewards had access to weather data and decided that delaying would cause problems with light, they made a sensible decision.
it is not the first time that quali has been posponed or even cancelled due to rain. i even remember when there were NO rain tyres, and race could be stopped as soon as a few drops of rain fell.

f1 must always consider the safety of the participants as a priority. we dont like it??? tough, we just have to accept the decision


March 16, 2013 11:38 AM

@ Sunny

It wasn't a drainage problem mate.

The rain came down in a deluge and created rivers
over the circuit.

Not only once but repeatably. What you seen on T.V. was nothing like being there.

The circuit is long and one portion would dry out and in other areas it was pouring with rain at the same time..

The right decision was made I can assure you. No circuit could withstand the conditions and not be considered dangerous


March 16, 2013 11:41 AM

Of course we have to except the steward's decision, we always do like it or not.
If the race is held next year and there would be rain I bet that the same drainage system will still be in use.
Yes it wasn't safe for those that went off unlike for those that stayed on the road.
Those that went off will be given better conditions to qualify now because the stewards had to take that decision because of the safety of those that went off and anybody that would have been tempted to overdo it, all this was in turn caused by the Albert Park drainage system.

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