The qualifying session for today’s Belgian Grand Prix sprint race has been delayed due to heavy rain at Spa-Francorchamps.
The sprint race qualifying session was due to begin at noon local time at Spa. However heavy rain began falling after the morning’s Formula 3 race and continued to fall as the start time approached.
With 13 minutes to go until the start of the session race control confirmed the session would be delayed. The session eventually began 35 minutes later than scheduled.
F1’s sporting regulations state the sprint race qualifying session must begin “no less than four and a half (4.5) hours before the scheduled start of the sprint” race. The delay in the start of the sprint race qualifying session therefore meant the sprint race starting time also had to be delayed.
The FIA later confirmed the sprint race start time had been postponed to 5:05pm.
Had the sprint race qualifying session not gone ahead, the FIA confirmed it would have used the results of yesterday’s qualifying session to decide the starting order of the sprint race.
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