Qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, set to be held at 4pm BST on Friday afternoon, is unsure with the rain-soaked Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
An more and more grey sky developed throughout observe, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz setting the quickest time because the lingering downfall intensified.
No driver accomplished greater than eight laps throughout the hour-long session, with Williams’ Logan Sargeant and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu hitting the boundaries on the finish of the Kemmel straight.
The climate within the Ardennes is notoriously erratic, however the dangerous climate appeared to be good.
The FIA responded to the circumstances by confirming that they’d prioritize qualifying for Sunday’s Grand Prix over Saturday’s dash shootout and race if essential.
Logan Sargeant’s Williams needed to be hoisted away by crane after crashing into the boundaries
Heavy rain severely disrupted the morning observe in Belgium
The climate forecast is for extra rain on Saturday, which means each qualifying and the Grand Prix could possibly be pushed again to Sunday.
There is a precedent for this, most not too long ago at Suzuka in 2019 when Typhoon Hagibis delayed occasions and qualifying passed off a number of hours previous to the Grand Prix.
An FIA spokesperson stated: “If it is impossible to run a qualifying session, the grid will be determined by the championship.”
None of the authorities wish to take any possibilities underneath these circumstances with the loss of life of 18-year-old Dutch driver Danilo van ‘t Hoff in moist circumstances on the Kemmel straight early this month contemporary of their minds.
World champion Max Verstappen, who receives a five-place grid penalty for taking up a fifth gearbox, accomplished simply two laps in observe and located himself on the backside of the timing screens for as soon as – though they revealed nothing extra instructive than that it was moist.