Heavy rain Saturday in Austin, Texas, has led to the first postponement of a Formula One qualifying session since 2013.
Saturday's qualifying session was pushed back to Sunday as rain poured into the Austin area.
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"Unlike the stock cars that race in NASCAR, the Formula One cars are designed to race in wet conditions and have special tires that are designed for racing in the rain," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada.
However, too much rain can overwhelm the track. That is what created Saturday's issues.
"While it may lessen for a time, more rain will come down hard into Saturday evening," stated AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert. "If the track is flooded now, it is hard to see conditions improving."
This marks the first such postponement since the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, stated Reppert.
Better conditions await drivers and fans on Sunday.
"There could still be showers around Sunday morning, but it will be drier in the afternoon and the track should be okay," continued Reppert.
The rain will taper Sunday, but the wind will not. Northerly winds will howl at 12-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.
The combination of the winds and temperatures being held to the upper 60s will have fans trading umbrellas and rain gear for jackets. AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will remain in the lower 60s on a day when a high near 80 F is more common.
Fans could also face problems driving too or from the racetrack.
If flooding becomes too severe around Austin into early Sunday morning, motorists may encounter road closures.
"In addition, many of the parking lots at the Circuit of the Americas are made of dirt and gravel and will not fair well in the deluge of rain," added Lada.
"People with smaller vehicles that cannot handle the mud might want to consider finding an alternate for of transportation to and from the track to avoid the risk of getting their vehicle stuck in the mud."