United States Grand Prix qualifying pushed back to Sunday morning

Qualifying for the 2015 United States Grand Prix has been postponed until Sunday morning following hurricane conditions hitting the Circuit of The Americas.

Formula One washed away in Austin as Hurricane Patricia’s outer ring stormed over the Circuit of The Americas. For hours the FIA debated over ditching the session but did not call time until three hours after qualifying was scheduled to start at the US Grand Prix.

Knowing the conditions would be challenging, even to run qualifying for the United States Grand Prix, FP3 was ran as a frantic chance to set a time in case a count back to the final practice session was needed to form the grid.

However after Hamilton posted the fastest time of the session, weather conditions deteriorated at the track causing the supporting Porsche Supercup qualifying to be cancelled, like Formula One’s second free practice on Friday.

Initially, the FIA wanted to run qualifying for Formula One as normal but first opted to delay the green light by thirty minutes. But as conditions continued to be challenging, a further delay was made and this set the tone for the day before they eventually postponed qualifying with the setting sun approaching.

As things stand qualifying is set to be ran at 9am local time, 2pm GMT. Which means for the fourth time in F1 history, qualifying will be held on the race day with the most recent example coming at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix. The two other examples were both at the Japanese Grand Prix with the first occasion in 2004 and the second coming six years later in 2010.

With three hours of waiting around, the paddock had to help themselves to entertainment and putting on some sort of show for the fans once they were allowed into the circuit. Initially COTA closed the gates to the fans causing a “behind-closed-doors” FP3 to be ran until gates opened at midday in Austin.

Down at Force India, one of their mechanics broke out the breakdancing skills. While other Formula One teams became sailing teams, broke out the football, joined the dancing theme and at Toro Rosso, brought out the dads of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.

Force India’s breakdancing mechanic:

Daniel Ricciardo’s ballroom brilliance:

Nico Rosberg and Niki Lauda change sport:

Toro Rosso bring in the Dad’s:

And William’s set sail with Sauber and Force India:

For Formula One’s potentially title-deciding race in America, qualifying will start five hours before the lights go out and hopefully we are racing in Austin. Check back tomorrow for further updates on the US Grand Prix.