Due to lightning and severe rains, the final Formula One practice for the Russian Grand Prix has been cancelled, according to the FIA.
The forces of nature yet again interrupted for the second time this season, with a rainstorm hitting the Sochi track on Saturday morning, forcing Formula One's final practice to be cancelled. And so FIA race director Michael Masi decided to cancel FP3 just 15 minutes before the race began, as he did not want the teams and drivers to be drenched for the race. According to various reports, the next opportunity for the F1 drivers to get out on-track will come in qualifying and is scheduled to begin at 3pm local time in Russia (12pm GMT). Meanwhile, the drivers will have to hope that the data they gathered yesterday will be just enough to get them through the race.
The cancellation has not gone down well in the eyes of the netizens who were super pumped for the third practice, which has led to social media platforms, especially Twitter, flooding with tweets and even memes in reaction to the sudden cancellation.
Have a look at few of these reactions from today afternoon:
Not gonna lie, I think my car might be better than an F1 car… I’ve driven mine in the rain loads and not had any problems 🤷♂️— Ben Hanson (@HansonBenj) September 25, 2021
WHAT DID I SAY pic.twitter.com/zGMNoh8o7T— B.F1 (@cc1_f1) September 25, 2021
Here we go again pic.twitter.com/ez2gzVr071— F1 To Rule Them All (@F1ToRuleThemAll) September 25, 2021
Let them race! They are the 20 best race car drivers in the world for a reason…— Jay (CFP, CFA, MBA) (@BusinessWithJ) September 25, 2021
What happens if qualifying is cancelled today? How do we decide the grid? Don't tell me it'll be based on fp1&2. 🥲— Shriyam Saikia (@SaikiaShriyam) September 25, 2021
This is sarcasm, right? (I'm so tired)— Bethonie Waring (@bethonieboost) September 25, 2021
It is so Max can win his 1st championship. Kinda a tell tale his fans don't think he can do it by himself— Richard Loveridge (@selnor1983) September 25, 2021
Thought these were the best drivers in the world 🙄 next time it's raining heavily here I'll call my boss and tell him it's too dangerous to drive 😁— Paul Bennett (@Paul_Bennett23) September 25, 2021
Pretty sure the session canceled because the medical helicopter can't fly in that weather— The Roadhog Main (BLM) (@theroadhogmain8) September 25, 2021
Let's hope the same thing happens with the race on the Sunday— × (@dystainak) September 25, 2021