With a medical helicopter issue, the Russian Grand Prix qualifying is in jeopardy of being postponed.
As the weather in Sochi worsens, the Russian Grand Prix is in jeopardy.
The FIA has halted all track action ahead of qualifying in the hopes that the weather would improve enough for the local airport to reopen, allowing the medical helicopter to fly. According to F1 safety regulations, the helicopter must be capable of transporting any casualties to the hospital at a high rate.
“An amended itinerary has been provided,” the FIA said, “with the following session being F1 qualifying at the previously scheduled time.”
“While the track conditions have improved, the airport and road network are still being impacted by bad weather in the vicinity.
“This is why there will be no running between now and F1 qualifying, when the local airport is expected to reopen, allowing our medical helicopter to resume operations and the session to proceed as planned.”
Earlier in the day, FIA Race Director Michael Masi indicated that Formula One qualifying on Saturday afternoon was in jeopardy, with Formula One drivers’ last practice being canceled due to excessive rain at the Sochi Autodrom.
“As we can see this morning, the weather has been yo-yoing up and down, and the severity of the showers has been rising, with some thunder already joining us,” Masi said.
“However, the procedure for today will be to aim to start all sessions, have everything ready from an operational standpoint, and then assess the situation at the moment.
“We have what we’ve seen from a forecast standpoint, that we’ll have this level of rain until around 1.30 to 2.00 p.m. local time, then it’ll diminish in the afternoon,” says the forecaster.
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