Qualifying for the United States Grand Prix was finally postponed after three hours of rain-hit delays on Saturday and re-scheduled for 0900 local time (1400GMT) on Sunday.
The race organisers confirmed the postponement at 1600 on Saturday after a day of frustration in severe wet, windy and miserable conditions for spectators at the Circuit of the Americas. Originally barred from entry to the circuit until 12 noon, they missed witnessing the rain-hit action when the final free practice session for the race was run behind closed doors during the morning.
And they were left with nothing to cheer in the afternoon as incessant rain left the circuit flooded and drains unable to deal with the deluge. The qualifying session is now scheduled to take place just five hours ahead of Sunday’s race (1900GMT) in which defending two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes hopes to win and wrap up his third title.