Soaking Sochi! Final Russian Grand Prix practice session is cancelled and qualifying could even be pushed back to Sunday as heavy rain, lightning and thunder hit the track

The final practice session ahead of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi has been cancelled because of inclement weather, which could also affect qualifying. The weather conditions prompted FIA officials to call off the third and final practice session scheduled for Saturday morning. ‘In the interest of safety [the decision has been taken] to modify the Official Programme by cancelling Free Practice Session 3 due to Force Majeure,’ a statement from race officials read. Masi also suggested the qualifying session could be pushed back to Sunday if the weather didn’t improve sufficiently on Saturday. Light could also become a factor as sunset in Sochi falls at 6.15pm local time (4.15pm BST) on Saturday.

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