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Featured Hurricane Patricia Causing F1 Havoc

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Paul Jeffrey, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium

    austin.jpg Torrential rain and strong winds caused chaos with Formula One's Friday Free Practice sessions, severely limiting running during the morning session and causing a compete washout of the second session, with fans and staff track-side advised to stay indoors due to the severity of the conditions.

    With weather forecasts from the area promising little relief for the rain soaked fans at the circuit, could Formula One be facing a qualifying washout at this weekends Grand Prix?

    Paddock rumour has it that F1 may have to postpone Saturday’s proceedings altogether, rescheduling qualifying for Sunday morning when the weather could be better. This would not be a first for Formula One, with a similar situation presented itself during the Japanese Grand Prix in 2010 and qualifying was moved to Sunday morning before the race.

    Steffen Dietz of Ubimet (F1 weather service) had the following to say “It looks as though the rain will increase now. “It could mean there is no qualifying at all. We are expecting local flooding in and around Austin.”

    Although causing problems in Texas, Patricia has struck the Pacific coast with wind speeds reaching up to 325kph leaving many F1 fans concerned about the prospects of an uninterrupted event next time out in Mexico at the newly updated Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

    Mexican driver Sergio Perez said,
    "Since the start of the first session this morning, the conditions have not been ideal, so we have only been able to complete a handful of laps. It's a real shame for all the fans who came to see the action. At this moment, however, my main worry is for my country. Mexico is being hit by the largest hurricane in its history and all my thoughts are with my people. I am praying for everyone to be safe"​

    With rain disrupted practice sessions and the potential for qualifying to be delayed to Sunday morning, we could be looking at a topsy-turvy grid for Sunday's Grand Prix. Lets hope it's a safe weekend and the race provides plenty of thrills and spills for us fans to enjoy.

    Who do you think will win the US Grand Prix this weekend? Leave your comments below!
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  2. What if it doesn't stop on Sunday either? Can they cancel the race altogether?
  3. with trailing wind speeds of 320km/h, could well see some new speed-trap records being set today.
    looking forward to that.
  4. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium

    If its a safety issue they can cancel the race yes. If they decided to run it on the Monday I don't know? I would think they have to up sticks and setoff for Mexico so it would be declared a null and void event.

    To be honest I'm not too sure what the regulations state for this situation. Anyone got a rule book handy?
  5. ThatRacingGuy

    I drove 88 MPH last night... weird stuff happened Premium

    FIA Doesn't allow Re-Runs on monday since Malaysia 2009 due all the shipping and money involved.

    so If the race gets canceled then Mr.Hamilton will be crowed championship (Sadly enough) :(

    FIA Rulebook
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  6. Exactly what @gilles13 said, Hamilton will be get the championship since he's leading by 66 points :D
  7. MoerasGrizzly


    I'm not sure if we should be worried about the prospects of there being an uninterrupted event at the Autodromo - we ought to be worried if there's still an Autodromo left D:

    (If you are reading this whilst in mexico, godspeed!)
  8. My concerns aren't really about whether or not we have a race. At least the latest I'm hearing re: Patricia is that it's weakening significantly, but the welfare and safety of everyone that could be affected here is of the utmost importance.
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  9. I'll be honest, I didn't even know there was a 'Hurricane Patricia' when I tuned-in and heard them talking about it during my recording of Free Practice... I work too much.

    I would like to see a 'wet-race' this F1 season, but not at the expense of safety for those involved.
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  10. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Staff Premium

    How, there's still 75 left
  11. ThatRacingGuy

    I drove 88 MPH last night... weird stuff happened Premium

    Woops you're right
    my bad ;)