Qualifying for the United States Grand Prix has been cancelled after storms sweeping across the Austin area brought high winds and torrential rain.
Having managed to get FP3 underway on time, despite the circuit being closed to spectators for safety reasons, qualifying was always tipped to be disrupted due to torrid weather sweeping across the Texas state this weekend.
Indeed, with rain worsening in the just prior to qualifying and the wind also picking up around the Circuit of the Americas, the FIA confirmed qualifying would originally not get underway until 13.30 local time at the very earliest.
Four further 30mins delays preceded the eventual confirmation that qualifying would not go ahead at 16.00, with the FIA stating that it will attempt to run qualifying at 9.00 on Sunday morning (15.00 GMT) instead.
Brought about by two storm fronts sweeping across Texas and the effects of Hurricane Patricia – which battered Mexico overnight – also now being felt in the area, severe flash flood warnings have been issued across Texas and are set to remain in place until Sunday morning.
Indeed, though the focus is now on running qualifying on Sunday morning, weather isn't expected to improve until the late morning. Despite this, organisers are confident the race can get underway should conditions ease as anticipate.
If qualifying doesn't happen at all, the grid could be determined by finishing positions of FP3, which would mean Lewis Hamilton starts on pole, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz. Sebastian Vettel was second quickest in FP3, but would be forced to serve a grid penalty for an engine change.