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Styrian Grand Prix qualifying DELAYED: F1 chiefs take drastic decision due to heavy rain

Formula One’s Saturday session for FP3 and qualifying is a wash-out with officials deciding to delay qualifying due to hazardous weather conditions. Torrential rain has hit Spielberg on Saturday as expected with the F3 feature race already being affected.

Qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix has been delayed (Image: GETTY)

The race was eventually abandoned after a number of incidents with cars spinning off the track and extremely low visibility.

Just 15 laps were completed with Frederik Vesti being confirmed as the race winner.

But the race was abandoned just an hour before FP3 was scheduled to start with conditions failing to improve on the track.

FP3 was originally delayed indefinitely but it was soon cancelled altogether, but weather looked as though it had improved in the time before qualifying.

There were still streams of water running down in certain areas and it seemed as though F1 had missed a small break in the torrential downpour to get part of the session going.

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The other concern was whether medical helicopters would have been able to fly to adhere to safety regulations.

Ultimately, it was decided that qualifying could not go ahead at 2pm as planned, with the session delayed.

Teams are waiting in their garages to see whether they’re able to get out on track to complete a flying lap.

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