Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has indicated what the scenarios are for qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix and how they approach Saturday.
In fact, explains race director Michael Masi, the day is approached as much as possible as any other qualifying day in Formula 1: “We aim to ‘just’ start in all sessions and as such we prepare for each session. We will then assess the circumstances at the moment.”
The weather could improve slightly in the afternoon, Masi predicts: “We see that this rain lasts until about 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm, after which the rain decreases in intensity. The priority is of course to finish this afternoon qualifying, in which F1 takes priority anyway (over other classes, ed.).”
How long will one have to wait for the definitive postponement of qualifying until tomorrow? Lang: “The determining factor is the light. Sunset is at 6:15 pm local time (5:15 pm Dutch time, ed.), but with these conditions it will of course get dark much faster. That will ultimately form the determining moment .”
“If qualifying doesn’t go ahead today, it will be held on Sunday morning, as we’ve seen a few times in the past,” Masi concluded to the cameras.